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London, United Kingdom
Lord Tu’ivakano, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga attended an International Parliamentary Conference on National Security in Westminster, on March 27-31.
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Thursday 2 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2016-2017 proceedings of the Tongan Parliament had a “soft”, and very brief closing ceremony this morning. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva told parliament today that the House was "trespassing on authority" in their attempts to dismiss him. The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva with votes of 14-10 this afternoon, Monday 27 February. All members of parliament were present today, except for a time when the PM and four Cabinet Ministers left the House for an audience with the King. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence on the PM with votes of 14-10. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 24 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deliberations by the Tongan Parliament over a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva continued on its Stop-Start track when the Speaker Lord Tu’ivakano deferred further consideration and voting on the motion to Monday, 27 February.
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Thursday 23 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were further delays today to the Tongan Parliament's deliberations on a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Today's recess was reportedly allowed so that defamatory remarks on two private individuals could be deleted from the response of the Prime Minister to the Motion. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 20 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva was read in the Tongan Parliament this morning, 20 February. The motion was tabled by Lord Tu’iha’angana, the Chairman of the House’s Standing Committee of Privileges. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 17 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government yesterday rushed a Bill through parliament to attract investment in Tonga, as government prepares to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Under the Act large tourism investors may apply for tax exemption on millions of pa'anga of their income - if they can win the approval of the Minister of Revenue and Customs and consent of Cabinet, while sponsors who make donations similarly may apply for large income tax exemptions. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 14 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament passed the Environment Management (Litter and Waste Control) Regulations 2016, yesterday, 13 February with votes of 17-0; one small step to counter Climate Change. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 14 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister doesn't think that a group of 10 Nobles and People's Representatives will win a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the PM and Cabinet, when it goes through the House next week.
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Monday 13 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Vote of No Confidence in Tonga's Prime Minister and his Cabinet was handed out by the Speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano, to the Tongan Parliament this afternoon before the House closed today at 4:00pm.
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Wednesday 8 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Whole House Committee of the Tonga Parliament today amended Clause 33 of the National Reserve Bank Act, to enable government to access $27 million in the Reserve Account of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the Minister of Justice, Hon. Vuna Fa’otusia told the Tongan Parliament today that government ministries did not break any law, by employing daily paid labourers for 10 to 20 years without a working contract, the Speaker reminded the House that Tonga is the "Friendly Islands". From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The failure of hundreds of Form 5, 6 and 7 students in their 2016 end of the year examination was one of several controversial issues that the Tongan Parliament heard when it opened for its 2017 session last week on Monday, 30 January. The Popua Park earthworks and Pacific Games infrastructure delays were other hot issues.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva was received by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ivakano yesterday, Thursday, February 2, the Chief Clerk stated today.
Friday 27 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will resume on Monday, January 30 for its final sitting of the 2016-17 session, that will include discussion on the status of Tonga’s efforts to host the 2019 Pacific Games.
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Tuesday 6 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manitasi Leger says he was the first Tongan representative to attend the Commonwealth Youth Parliament when it was held in Brisbane, Australia in 2005, and Tonga had another representative, Kerry Lepa, attend in 2012, before Elizabeth Kite was nominated in 2016.
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Friday 18 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Elizabeth Kite, Tonga’s first youth representative at the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) held in Canada last week, says the experience has been one of the most inspiring events in her life to date. She was inspired to see so many female politicians and how people regarded that as "normal". She now aims to pursue a career in Tongan politics.
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Saturday 12 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The actual number of Tongan Diplomatic Passports in circulation is unknown, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, told a Press Conference on Friday 11 November. The PM who is responsible for the issue of diplomatic passports has expressed his concern over the illegal selling of Tongan Diplomatic, and Ordinary passports to criminals who were using them to transfer illegal drugs to New Zealand and Australia.
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Law
Friday 4 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Law Week from November 7-11 this year will focus on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Attorney General's Office said.
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