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Monday 16 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Parliamentary Process in a Democracy' was the subject of a three day workshop held in Tonga last week by a New Zealand parliamentary delegation.
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Tuesday 10 August 2010
Nuku'alofa,Tongatapu
Kuo tau fo'i hono 'eke'i e fakamatala pa'anga 'a hai mo e kautaha 'a hai, kae lilo pe 'a e FIHDRM. 'Ai mai ke tau 'ilo pea ke 'ilo ki ai e kakai kae ma'a e ngaue. Pea kuo toki mahino mai e lanu totonu e kautaha ni, ta 'oku 'ikai ko e ako'i mo taukave'i e totonu 'a e tangata ka ko e faha'i fakapolitikale 'a e ki'i ni'ihi tokosi'i. - Samiu Sika.
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Monday 7 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Forum for Discussion on how to educate the Tongan public about the function of parliament, government and the law, and Tonga's political reform, was hosted by the Kolofo'ou Development Committee at the International Dateline Hotel on Friday, May 28.
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Saturday 1 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"The inspiration of politically motivated criticism of the Government on the grounds of systemic failure, which mysteriously surfaced in the report of the Ashika Commission, now appears to be revealed. The same intemperate assertions are churlishly regurgitated in the Attorney General's publicity statement." - Prime Minister's Office.
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Saturday 1 May 2010
Auckland, New Zealand
With only months to go to the election, the people's representatives as a power bloc are divided and incoherent. It lacks the cohesion that is required of a serious contender for the whip hand the new system has on offer. It is unlikely that they will be able to address these divisions in time for November and it is reasonable to expect the next PM and Cabinet to be mandated primarily by the nobles' united influence. - Sefita Hao'uli.
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Wednesday 28 April 2010
Auckland, New Zealand
Through the democratic changes, commoners' interests should now be better represented because of the increased number of people's representatives. Giving voice to those least heard in Parliament for generations was what the democratic changes were about and it would be a shame if the interests of commoner women were set aside once more for the sake of social propriety. - Sefita Hao'uli.
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Thursday 22 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The main purpose of my letter is to expose the misinformation and also the faulty logic in the ideas presented in Mr. Pohiva's politically motivated letter, which was presented in a very personal manner and not academically objective as one would normally expect from a list of well educated individuals. - Daniel K. Fale.
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Friday 2 April 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Tonga's commitment to support American foreign policies around the world is unmatched in the Pacific, except perhaps for Australia. Past Tongan monarchies did not hesitate to commit Tonga's tiny military force during world conflicts involving the United States. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Tuesday 30 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Report of the Royal Constituency Boundaries Commission to settle the electoral boundaries for the 2010 Elections was presented to King George Tupou V on Thursday, March 25 in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 1 January 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Oku lahilahi 'a e ilifia tevolo he teuteu liliu fakapolitikale ko'eni 'oku 'ai ke fakahoko 'i Tonga ni. 'Oku lahi mo e ngaahi fakakaukau faka'ofo'ofa ke fili ha kakai 'oku poto mo lelei ke nau hoko ko ha ngaahi taki lelei, ka 'oku 'ikai ko e me'a ia 'oku fa'ahoko 'i he taimi lahi 'i he founga temokalati.
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Tuesday 22 December 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Royal Constituency Boundaries Commission was established on Friday, December 11 to settle the electoral boundaries for the 2010 Elections.
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Thursday 12 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The eagerly awaited final report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission released this week, contains some 80 recommendations on how to structure a new system of government for Tonga. While there are no surprises, the Commission does voice a concern over an apparent lack of understanding of its aims and the actual contents of its reports by some of the members of the House, who will be trusted with making the final decision on the new structure. By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 6 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Final Report of the Constitutional and Electoral Commission on a proposed new system of government for Tonga to be introduced next year was presented to HM King George Tupou V at the Palace, yesterday morning, 5 November 2009.
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Friday 11 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's political reform is precisely a reforming of the composition of the parliament, Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, a Political Science Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, told members of the Tongan media on Wednesday, September 9.
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Monday 8 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The desire for a new system of government to be in place before a parliamentary election in 2010, according to the Interim Report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission, is unrealistic, and even a token change in representation by the deadline will require parliament to work much harder and longer.
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Friday 17 April 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I believe that most people are making a very critical mistake of thinking of democracy as a destination and not viewing it as a process. Democracy is not a certain model or a specific type of people's representation, and this point can be proven by the fact that no two democracies in the world are the same. At the heart of democracy are principles that increase transparency and accountability, but at the same time the success of accomplishing these ideals requires an informed and participating public.
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Thursday 16 April 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
We are all in agreement that a more representative government is the democratic direction we want. But Mr. Fale confused readers by opposing a "cabinet picked from within the legislative assembly" because it "concentrates tremendous power in the hands of a few . . . " - Sione A. Mokofisi
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Monday 30 March 2009
New South Wales,Australia
I wish to suggest that we must slow down the current process, which is aimed at bringing about a radical change to the political system in Tonga by the year 2010. - Rev Dr Ma‘afu Palu
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Monday 30 March 2009
New York, USA
Tonga's prodemocracy movement tightly hold Lord Acton's tail when he said, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." For years, they intoxicated the mass with that quote as if it is another absolute proposition from our Creator. Let me try to debunk Acton's nake half-truth.
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Sunday 22 March 2009
New York, USA
Modern Tonga was born, as Pacific historians claimed, out of a marriage of convenience between monarchy and Christianity, may I propose that postmodern Tonga should be conceived out of a marriage of necessity between philosophical, cultural, and political motifs and paradoxes which constitute Tonga's political reality. We need to reflect deeply on how to merge the present political reality and the democratic ideals, traditions and post-modernism, culture and politics, monarchy and democracy. Any attempt to create a short-cut solution by unreservedly embracing democracy is, nothing short of political suicide. - Senituli Penitani
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