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Results for Tonga political reform

Thursday 20 October 2005
USA
I give credit to Mr. Laki Niu and others for their call for change in the constitution. These proposals are indeed commendable but I beg to differ from Mr. Niu's approach. I have not seen his total proposal, but based on the little information I have, I believe a monster is in the making. - Tamafoa
Wednesday 19 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After two days of camping at Pangai Si'’i in central Nuku'alofa, without receiving a response from Cabinet, Tonga's Constitutional change campaigner, Laki Niu, stepped up his call for democratic changes to the Tongan Constitution today by marching with 30 supporters to the parliament house.
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Wednesday 12 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The decision by Government and its Civil Servants on September 4 to end the Civil Servants' strike by giving in to the strikers demands, was a huge undertaking by a government that has few sources of revenue other than taxes, foreign aid and foreign remittances. Editor's Comment
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Wednesday 5 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It will be a big pay day for many of Tonga's civil servants next week when they collect back pay for the weeks they were on strike.
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Tuesday 27 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the success of the Public Servants strike, and the people's first taste of political power, Minority rule, which has been the tradition in Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy, is coming under great pressure to change to be in line with the aspirations of Tongans today for a more democratic form of government. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 6 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the largest protest march in Tonga's history over 10,000 people gathered outside the Royal Palace today calling on the King of Tonga to dismiss the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, and all of his 14 Cabinet Ministers. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Linny Folau
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Monday 5 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's striking civil servants were told by PSA officials to return to work this afternoon - and then the workers could apply for casual leave to have another day off tomorrow to join another march.
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Sunday 4 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet will consider setting up a Royal Commission to review the Constitution with a view to allowing a more democratic form of government for Tonga. by Pesi Fonua.
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Saturday 3 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government has conceded to the basic demands of the national civil servants strike, including back-dated 60-70-80% pay rises, no disciplinary actions, and a two year suspension of the salary review that led to the six weeks old strike.
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Friday 2 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
High expectations this evening that an understanding would be signed to end Tonga's national strike of civil servants, as it entered its seventh week today, were shattered when the PSA committee postponed a scheduled signing indefinitely.
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Friday 2 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Large groups of civil servants from Vava'u and Ha'apai staged two colourful marches in Nuku'alofa today in solidarity with Tongatapu strikers. Photos and story by Linny Folau.
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Thursday 1 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Public Servants' Association this afternoon rejected most of the new offer made by the Princess Regent, Princess Pilolevu, this morning, September 1 at Pangai Si'i.
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Thursday 1 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Princess Regent offered striking civil servants their 60-70-80% wage increases and a new team of government negotiators, in an effort to encourage strikers to return to work today, and to bring the strike committee back to the negotiating table.
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Friday 12 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On November 10 King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and his Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, made a historical decision to appoint four new Cabinet Ministers from the 18 members of parliament who will be elected in the General Election in February 2005. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 21 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy form of Government came under scrutiny during a three-–day Human Rights Educational and Awareness Consultation seminar that was hosted by the Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Tonga in Nuku'alofa, July 7-9.
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Tuesday 17 February 2004
Sydney, Australia
What is a true Tongan? What have we inherited? I was born overseas and I was led to believe that the true Tongan was either the monarchy or persons born in Tonga, bred Tongan and lived the Tongan way of life, culturally, socially and traditionally. The motto on the Tongan coat of arms says: "God and Tonga are my inheritance". For many young Tongans the question is, an inheritance to what? - Andrew Fifita J.P.
Wednesday 7 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prince Tu'ipelehake, in an unprecedented move by a member of the Tongan Royal Family, has called on the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, to use his influence to pressure the Tongan government to further democratise its Constitutional Monarchy system of government.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Under Tonga'’s Constitutional Monarchy system of Government the final executive decision-making power remains with the King. Therefore the burden of finding a solution to Tonga'’s current economic and Constitutional crises rests squarely on the shoulders of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. - Editor's Comment. Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Good governance relies on the notion that those who govern and those who are governed, must be equal participants in the decision-making process. To throw some light on these issues Matangi Tonga interveiwed Dr Feleti Sevele,Tongatapu No. 2 People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly, who is a businessman and economist.
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