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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has gone into recess again, after the Prime Minister withdrew 16 bills “to have another look” at them. The PM also told the House that Tonga’s State of Emergency to counter the Coronavirus Pandemic had been extended again from 12 September to 12 March 2021. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two urgent bills to amend the Traffic Act and the Roads Act, as well as a Petition alleging unfairness in awarding government roads deals, stirred a few aggressive exchanges in the Tongan parliament on Monday and Tuesday this week. There was an objection that the urgent bills had not gone to the Standing Committee on Legislation before they were tabled.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six bills presented to the House by the former government in 2019 were withdrawn this week by the Prime Minister, further distancing himself from the work programme of the previous government. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 17 June 2020

Sydney, Australia
Kau fakatalanoa mu’a ki he uho ‘o e palopalema ‘oku tau fehangahangai moia ‘i he lolotonga, pea ‘oku ‘i ai ‘eku tui te tau hokohoko atu ki he kaha’u pea toe kovi ange.- 'Inoke Fotu Huakau.
Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The name of Tonga's new domestic airline will be “Lulutai”, the Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, told parliament today. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Parliamentary debate was dominated by the Prime Minister's proposition for all members of parliament to contribute 20 percent of their annual salaries to government in its effort to counter the COVID-19, in parliament's session yesterday, 19 May 2020.
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Monday 18 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faced with a deficit National Budget for 2020-21, the salaries of Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament will be reduced by 20%, to help Tonga to counter the impact of the COVID-19, the Prime Minister told parliament this morning.
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Tuesday 18 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Tongan government will stretch out its closure of parliament up to eight months. At the request of the Prime Minister, the sitting of the Legislative Assembly has been adjourned to May, Parliament's Office said in a statement today.
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Thursday 28 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Vailahi Pohiva won the Tongatapu 1 By-election for a seat in the Tonga Legislative Assembly, only 16 votes ahead of Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua in a tight race, after the result was announced in Nuku'alofa this evening.
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Saturday 12 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Climate change dialogue and increased women's representation in Parliament were two topics of debate for 27 young women who conducted a mock parliament session as part of a second Girls Takeover Parliament program on October 11.
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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament will begin the process of electing a new Prime Minister by calling for nominations, after the funeral of the late Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is over. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 12 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva died in the Auckland City Hospital at 9:00am this morning, the Acting Prime MInister Hon. Semisi Sika, announced on national radio at 6:40pm this evening. The Tongan Parliament this morning was deferred indefinitely by the Acting Speaker Lord Tu’ilakepa.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament continues to have problems with its working schedule and agenda, while many members are absent. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finding a quorum to enable the Tongan Parliament to proceed with its 2019 session has been an issue since it was scheduled to resume on 5 August. There is much work for the House to do. The Ministry of Education presented its annual reports from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Legislative Assembly 2019 session will resume sitting on Monday, August 12 after they were unable to form a quorum yesterday.
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Monday 17 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The afternoon session of Tonga’s Legislative Assembly was adjourned last minute to allow Cabinet Ministers participate in Government's traditional presentation to King Tupou VI for his upcoming birthday and on the occasion of the Royal Agricultural Show, which the King will open on Saturday.
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Saturday 23 March 2019

Oxford, United Kingdom
The Commons originally elected a Speaker to help it speak truth to power, find strength in numbers, and resist intimidation. The voices of the less important were no longer drowned out or fragmented, and could challenge entrenched authority. Where did the Speaker come from, and why was the position created during England’s so-called “Good Parliament” of 1376? By Marion Turner
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.
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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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