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Saturday 26 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The present government of Tonga will continue as a Caretaker Government until elections take place, King Tupou VI proclaimed today.
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Friday 25 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI has dissolved the Tonga Legislative Assembly today with an instrument of dissolution Gazetted late this afternoon and posted on the Crown Law website. The king is commanding that a new election be held no later than 16 November 2017.
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Friday 25 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No official reports of the dissolution of Tonga's Parliament had been issued by 5:00pm this afternoon, following hours of speculation that Tonga's King was dissolving the Parliament and would call a new election, a year ahead of schedule.
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Friday 11 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The construction of a multi-million project, the Popua National Park in a swampy area at the Nuku’alofa waterfront continues to be an irritating issue in the Tongan Parliament, and also in the public arena. Despite the rhetoric in Parliament, it all boiled down to “hot-air” when the environmental report of MEIDECC was passed 19-0. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After some fiery exchanges in the House today, the Speaker called for Tonga's parliament to close until Monday August 14, giving government time to address concerns over their allegedly illegal collection of revenues from a levy and tax that was intended to raise funds for the Pacific Games. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 6 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When confronted with revelations in the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Auditor General of unpaid debts, unrecorded assets, improper record of revenues and even separate bank accounts of government ministries, the Tongan Parliament was thrown into turmoil when it resumed its 2017-18 session on 1 August. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 31 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After attending a seminar last week to help MPs better understand the important role parliaments play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals - the Tongan Parliament was supposed to resume its 2017-18 session today, 31 July. But it could not proceed because it did not have a quorum.
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Thursday 29 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament repealed the Pacific Games Organizing Act 2013 and then passed Tonga’s biggest national budget for 2017-208 after mid-night last night 29 June.From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 21 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament has only 10 days to go before it must certify whether or not Tonga will host the 2019 Pacific Games. It must also pass the national budget for the 2017-2018 financial year due to start on 1 July 2017. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 20 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
During an uproar in Tonga's Parliament yesterday morning, June 19, a noble's representative told the Prime Minister that he "should get his act together". The Speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano had to raise his voice to get the Prime Minister to sit down and calm down. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 15 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debate on a motion for an order for Parliament to tell the Tongan Government to Host the 2019 Pacific Games was further deferred until Monday, 19 June.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has adjourned for two days, until Thursday, 15 June to give the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva time to respond to a "Motion for an Order for Parliament to tell the Tongan Government to Host the 2019 Pacific Games."
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Tuesday 6 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With one woman in the House, the Tongan Parliament suffered something of an identity crisis this morning as members tried to find an appropriate term to identify themselves in their letter responding to HM King Tupou VI’s opening speech of the 2017-2018 Parliamentary Session. They argued over an appropriate word to identify a woman member.
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Thursday 1 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Healthy living, better education and how to advance our economy are the challenges that we are facing today, Tonga's King Tupou VI said when he opened the 2017-18 session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly in Nuku'alofa this morning, 1 June 2017. The King was certain that Tongans are capable of confronting these challenges.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Secondary school children will march in Nuku'alofa to mark the opening by HM King Tupou VI of the 2017-2018 parliamentary session on Thursday morning, June 1 at Parliament House.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 31 March 2017
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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