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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This year, the retiring of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Noble Fakafanua, and the rumour of an application for retirement by the Prime Minister, Baron Vaea, has taken Tonga by surprise. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES. Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998. HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, Tonga’s first Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, is retiring from the Civil Service on May 5, 1998, the day after his 50th birthday. "... there are many good young men—young noblemen and commoners, who are perfectly able to do what I did and, in fact, could do better. They all have very good educations," he said, but also spoke about "a widening gap between the qualified and the unqualified". Interview by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While their political views may differ widely, the one thing that most people agree on is that Tonga as a nation is a special case. ...While Tonga enjoys a certain status among nations under a constitutional monarchy form of government, any move to replace it with an elected form of government will be a step into the unknown. Matangi Tonga looks at what different people in the community have to say about their current system of government. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A constitutional monarchy as a system of government has been serving Tonga since 1875 making it the oldest government in the South Pacific Islands region. It has also been recognised as the most stable government in the region. But recently this 122-year-old system of government has come under pressure both from outside and from within the kingdom for some fundamental changes. FROM OUR ARCHIVES by Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 4 November 1997
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Let this day, November 4, be a day of rejoicing and commemoration for the people of Tonga forever..." From Matangi Tonga magazine, Vol. 12, no. 4, October-December 1997

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