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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Dalgety QC has replaced Barrie Sweetman as the new Chairman of the Electoral Commission in a five-year appointment made by King Tupou VI.
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Wednesday 4 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2016 Session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will have a state opening on Thursday, June 2 at Parliament House.
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Thursday 25 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake delivered the King’s speech in a very short closing of the Tonga’s Legislative Assembly’s 2015-16 session, this morning at Parliament House in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government is currently negotiating to sell some of its shares in Tonga Cable Ltd. to Digicel to cover a shortfall in the funding it needs to connect Vava’u and Ha’apai to the submarine fibre optic telecommunications cable network that has linked Tongatapu to the rest of the world since 2013. Parliament was surprised to learn of the negotiations yesterday. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 18 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Debate on the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2016 has been going on for days, and Lord Fusitu’a, presenting the strongest opposition to the Bill, has pointed out a number of times that government is trying to rush the Bill through, because three other bills, which he said are inter-related had been sent back for corrections. Meanwhile, the PM reckoned that the law in Tonga is not the same to all. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 17 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An international rugby test match between Tonga’s ‘Ikale Tahi and Wales at Teufaiva Stadium in early 2017 is now in doubt. There is uncertainty over whether the upgrading of the stadium will be completed in time, the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan parliament yesterday, 15 February. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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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.
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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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