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Wednesday 10 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An amendment to Tonga’s Traffic Regulations relating to fees for “licences for all private motor vehicles” and some driving licences, was passed by the House on Monday, in spite of the fact that it contained a number of ambiguities. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 8 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Members of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga today 8 February received around 50 new copies of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Handbooks tailored specially for them by Tonga Red Cross Society. The Speaker Lord Tu’ivakano said parliament would take action to ensure Tonga is a party to IHL treaties.
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Thursday 4 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s participation in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games in August this year will depend on whether the Tonga Amateur Sports Association (TASA) can comply with demands by the International Olympic Committee IOC before 15 February, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports told the Tongan parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament today was struggling with a multitude of problems: reporting five cases of the Zika virus; worrying about an over-weight population with a shorter life expectancy; realising that education was not making people smarter; and noting a palpable frustration among the people that had even led to threats on the life of the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament this morning decided off-the-cuff to close for the day to enable members to farewell a Papua New Guinea government delegation visiting Tonga since Saturday, 29 January. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 1 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament started its 2016 proceedings this morning 1 February, by pondering its casualties over the holidays. The speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano informed members that since parliament’s closure in October 2015 two of the 26 members of the House had lost their seats. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 28 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Auditor General’s Office is one of a number of anti-corruption agencies that finds it hard to get its recommendations implemented, a workshop for high-level parliamentarians and auditors heard in Nuku’alofa, while looking at the role of the Public Accounts Committee within the Tonga parliamentary process.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will resume sitting on Monday, 1 February for about a month to discuss urgent Government Bills among other issues.
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Tuesday 19 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The seat for the Tongatapu No. 4 People’s Representative to Parliament will remain vacant until at least April this year, after Mateni Tapueluelu lost the seat in a Supreme Court ruling on December 11, 2015.
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Wednesday 11 November 2015
The fact that Tonga has not ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), did not hamper the participation of Tonga’s representative, Lord Fusitu’a, in panel discussions at the 6th Forum of Parliamentarians held in St Petersburg, Russia on November 5.
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Tuesday 3 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga has been adjourned to reconvene sometime early next year. No date has been confirmed at this stage.
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Thursday 29 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The soft closing of the Tongan Parliament’s 2015 Session has been deferred indefinitely, according to the clerk of the Tongan Parliament, Dr Sione Vikilani.
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Friday 23 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An announcement by Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva that yesterday’s decision by parliament gave him the authority to punish Lavulavu for abuse of office, has astounded the media who were called to a press conference outside parliament today, Friday. From outside the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 22 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament before breaking for lunch today, 22 October decided not to impeach the Minister of Infrastructure Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu, voting 9-12 against the findings of a Standing Committee on Privileges that found there was a prima facie case to impeach him. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 21 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament this afternoon deferred its voting on a report of a Standing Committee on Privileges that found “there is prima facie case” for the Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu, to be impeached on various allegations of abuse of his office. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 12 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga, which was set to resume sitting today has been further adjourned to Monday, 19 October.
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Friday 9 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament has rushed through two new Communications Bills to establish a new regulatory body that will have powers to block selected internet content to internet users in Tonga, along with other clauses that give power to infringe individual rights. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 17 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition that called on Tonga’s government to “safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and to find another site for housing developments,” was approved by Tonga’s parliament yesterday, September 16, and passed to government to action. “We will not lose it,” the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the House. “We will cement it, preserve it, and landscape it.” From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Tuesday 15 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Proceedings in the Tongan Parliament kicked off on a high note this morning, September 15, when the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told members he was concerned that government was being accused of taking a wild swing (fakanafala) on directors of six boards of public enterprises who were told to voluntarily resign. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 15 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one-day workshop on cross border dispute resolution in the Pacific Islands and International Trade was held in Nuku’alofa on Tuesday, 15 September.
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