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Monday 15 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s newly elected government remains an unofficially confirmed list of names, despite the fact that the 2018 session was officially opened on 11 January with an "in-house session". The swearing of new Members of Parliament and selected Cabinet Ministers is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, 18 January.
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Thursday 11 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva did not attend the opening of the Tongan Parliament 2018 session, this morning, 11 January and no mention of his absence was made, in what was called a "Huufi Fakalotofale 'o e Fale Alea 'o Tonga" or "in-house" session. The MPs will take their oath of office on a later day to be announced.
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will be opened tomorrow, Thursday 11 January 2018, at 10:30am, by a commission of three Nobles comprising of HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake, Lord Fakatulolo and Lord Luani.
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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Legislative Assembly may open its 2018 session this week on Thursday January 11 to swear in the new members, according to a source. If that happens, the Prime Minister is expected to leave Vaiola Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in order to attend the session.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva (76) has been elected by members of parliament as Tonga’s Prime Minister, declared at about 6:30pm, at Parliament House. He narrowly defeated his challenger, former Deputy PM, Siaosi Sovaleni by 14 to 12 votes. The result arrives four months after King Tupou VI dissolved parliament on August 24.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Members of Parliament are currently on a 15-minutes break before they cast their vote in a secret ballet to elect Tonga's Prime Minister from two nominations read out this morning at Parliament House. Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his former Deputy PM Siaosi Sovaleni are vying for the top job.
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Friday 15 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 26 members of parliament will elect Tonga’s new Prime Minister on Monday, 18 December.
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Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second nomination for the next Prime Minister of Tonga was submitted this afternoon. The name of the nominee will not be revealed until MPs cast their votes, on a date to be announced.
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Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one nomination for the election of Tonga’s new Prime Minister had been submitted, by mid-day today, with four and a half hours to go before the closure of nominations for candidates, the office of the interim Speaker of the Tongan Parliament confirmed.
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Tuesday 12 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament on 24 August carried a hope that new members of parliament and a new Prime Minister with a new government might be elected to advance the Tongan democratic reform that was introduced in 2010. But that hope faded with the results of the November 16 snap General Election, when voters re-elected 21 of the 26 members of the dissolved parliament.
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Law
Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has stepped up its efforts to curb domestic violence with a new ‘Access to Justice Project’ legal centre launched last Friday, 8 December, that will provide free legal advice and support to survivors, as complaints of domestic violence continue to rise. It is the first in the Pacific Islands.
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Thursday 7 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One nomination for a Prime Minister designate was received by Office of the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tangi on December 5.
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Friday 1 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Invitation for nominations to elect a Prime Minister has been sent out to all elected representatives today, after the Writ of Election was returned to the King on November 30 in Nuku'alofa,
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Friday 24 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga should have a new Prime Minister, a Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and Cabinet Ministers by the second or third week of December. The Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki today, 24 November, confirmed that the Writ for the November 16 General Election has not been returned to the King, but should be returned on or before next Thursday, 30 November.
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Thursday 23 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new parliament was elected by less than half of the country. Only 47.9% of voters cast their votes for winning candidates. Furthermore, 10 of the 17 People’s Representatives who were elected in last week’s snap general election, were supported by less than half of the total number of voters who turned out in their respective constituencies.
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Monday 20 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tangi, a Life Peer has been appointed by HM King Tupou VI as Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, effective from November 17.
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Sunday 19 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The results of Tonga’s November 16 General Election “reflected the wishes of the people” the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Hon. Margaret Wilson DNZM said at the Tanoa Hotel on 18 November. Speaking to the press at the end of their observer mission, she congratulated the Kingdom of Tonga for turning out in numbers to exercise their democratic right.
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Friday 17 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Return of the Writs of Election to the King is expected to be returned sooner then the required date of November 30, said the Supervisor of Elections Pita Vuki today.
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Friday 17 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
67% of registered Tongan voters turned out to cast their votes in the General Election 2017 held on November 16.
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Friday 17 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All nine cabinet ministers of Tonga's Caretaker Government were re-elected in Tonga's snap General Election yesterday 16 November. The successful candidates were announced by the Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki, before 10.00 pm last night. UPDATE: All candidates results.
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