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Friday 22 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The six “Urgent Bills” of the Prime Minister that the House was supposed to deal with when it extended its proceedings from 14 March to 27 March, remain in limbo.
Tuesday 19 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a late start, Parliament closed early yesterday, Monday March 18, while the House was in a deadlock over a demand by the Acting Speaker Lord Tu‘ilakepa for the Prime Minister to explain why the six Bills he had tabled into parliament were urgent.
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Wednesday 13 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When parliament opened today, Wednesday March 13, noticeably missing were the seven Nobles’ Representatives: Lord Tu'ivakano, Lord Vaha'i, Lord Tu'ilakepa, Lord Tu'iha'angana, Lord Tu'i'afitu, Lord Nuku and Lord Fusitu'a. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 13 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament degenerated to a one-party political system yesterday afternoon, 12 March, when the only Members left in the House were Cabinet Ministers and their supporters, after the Noble's Representatives walked out, along with three People's Representatives, Tevita Lavemaau, Siaosi Sovaleni and Samiu Vaipulu.
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament closed early on Monday March 11, amid requests for parliament to extend its proceedings for seven or eight days. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If Parliament’s most urgent task at the close of its first day, Monday, was the passing of a new Foreign Investment Bill 2019 in order to release $35 million in current Budget Support from donors, then other matters on the work agenda might have been expected to be put aside when the House reconvened. However, on Tuesday morning the issue of the Tonga cable black-out at the end of January occupied the attention of the House. 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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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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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 4 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament resumed its 2016 session yesterday morning October 3, amid disarray. Apparent procedural inefficiencies wasted much of the day. Firstly, a letter protesting against a Bill for a Water Resources Act was read even before the Bill was read in the House. Then legislators spent over an hour listening to motions from one member, even though the Legisture had already voted on and decided for the motions to be lowered into the Whole House Committee. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 21 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister of Police has no authority, and government is facing “a concrete wall” while they are trying to find out what happened to the Tonga Forest Products Ltd. the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament on Thursday, 18 August. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 17 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sudden withdrawal by Cabinet Ministers of two Bills that were top of agenda of the House when it opened on 15 August has aroused concern over the law making process of government. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 15 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s eccentric Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told Parliament today that he had declared Lord Vaea to be the leader of an “opposition party”, while he was on his first official visit to New Zealand from July 27-30. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 19 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debt-burdened Tonga Forest Products Ltd. was in big trouble and being propped up by government, Hon. Poasi Tei, the Minister for Public Enterprises, told the Tongan Parliament on Thursday, 16 June. He said they had signed an agreement for a Maori company to take over and settle the loans. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva promised parliament, yesterday June 14, that Government will host a meeting to explain his decision for Tongan schools to replace Standardized Marks with Raw Marks, and that all Tongans will be invited to attend. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government can’t do much to help people in the flooded areas of Nuku’alofa because government has no money, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament yesterday, Monday 13 June. He said that the newly constructed roads in the areas stopped the floodwater from flowing out of the areas. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 12 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister pleaded for a chance to speak in parliament on June 9, when the novice Chairman of the Whole House Committee continued to put a damper on the Budget debate. "I should be given a chance to talk about where the country is heading," Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva pleaded. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 9 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Budget debate in the Whole House Committee of the Tongan Parliament was stymied yesterday, as questions piled up in a 150 minute brain teaser - whereby the Minister of Finance was not allowed to answer until members had no more questions. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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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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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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