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Saturday 10 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A vote by Tonga’s Members of Parliament on Thursday 8 November, agreed (16 - 4) to recognize that Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva and six cabinet ministers had inappropriately spent their budget allocations for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 Financial Years.
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Wednesday 7 November 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament will resume its 2018 session at 10am tomorrow, Thursday 8 November, according to a parliamentary press release that was circulated early this evening. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 6 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A special session of the Tongan Parliament that was scheduled for 7pm this evening, 6 November has been deferred indefinitely.
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Monday 5 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 2017-18 Parliament was scheduled to end on 31 October 2018, but the session has continued into November because of difficulties the House faces in processing a Petition signed by 3,330 people calling for the Impeachment of the Prime Minister and six Cabinet Ministers. Now, the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, in a sitting scheduled for 7:00pm tomorrow evening (Tuesday November 6), is expected to announce what parliament is going to do. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Law
Thursday 1 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Attorney General and the Solicitor General posts will be celebrated during this year's Law Week, which runs from November 4-9 in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and six Cabinet Ministers are dodging the process of impeachment by the Tongan Parliament during its 2018-19 session. By obstructing the reading of a critical Auditor General's report yesterday - and with the House closing for the year tomorrow - the government is stalling a serious challenge to its financial integrity. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Nuku'alofa Tonga
It will cost around $45,000 pa‘anga for the Tongan Parliament to send a delegation of six people, including the Speaker Lord Fakafanua, “to show Parliament’s unwavering support for Mate Ma’a Tonga” on Saturday. But the Clerk of the House said the figure had yet to be finalised as some MPs who are overseas might join the delegation in Auckland.
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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Parliament has not revealed how much it will allocate to spend on sending a 6-person delegation to Auckland to watch this weekend's Rugby League match.
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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan MPs in accepting an invitation to attend this Saturday’s Mate Ma‘a Tonga Rugby League test match in Auckland, New Zealand, are reportedly planning to spend up to $200,000 from the House budget to cover airfares and hotel accommodation for their weekend away.
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Thursday 4 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament closed today, at the end this week’s sitting, without making a definite response to some of the sensitive issues that were raised by members. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 3 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva warned parliament yesterday, 2 October, that hatred in the House against him and his government could escalate to a national upheaval. Lord Nuku responded that there was no hatred in the House, and they were debating a report of the Auditor General.
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Tuesday 2 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government is using a cash accounting system - a practice that they have been trying to change during the past 10 years, the Minister of Finance and a former Auditor General, Hon. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa told parliament last week. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 30 September 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A claim by the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva that a property of Sea Star Ltd. at the Tu‘imatamoana Wharf had been sold for $3 million pa’anga and was now owned by a Chinese/Tongan, was questioned in parliament during debate on the Annual Report of the Ministry of Fisheries. But it appeared that the PM was mistaken. He later started talking about a $3 million loan to Sea Star during the time of Tupou V.
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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament before lunch yesterday, 25 September confirmed that the Standing Law Committee of the House would scrutinise the Cabinet’s decision to take two former Prime Ministers, Lord Sevele and Lord Tu’ivakano to court in relation to the transference of $90 million from government to Tongasat.
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Monday 24 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga‘s Minister for Finance and National Planning, Hon. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa, moved for the House to take two former Prime Ministers, Lord Sevele and Lord Tu’ivakano to court for the alleged misappropriation of government funds. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was tension in parliament yesterday morning when the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva burst out in anger over how, during his 31 years in politics, there had been attempts to “get rid of me”.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament resumed its 2018 session today, 18 September, after what the Deputy Speaker, Lord Tu’ilakepa, described as the House’s “longest break ever”.
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Friday 7 September 2018

Yaren, Nauru
All 18 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum, including Tonga, have endorsed the “Boe Declaration” which reaffirms that climate change is the “single greatest threat” to the Pacific Region, in Nauru on Wednesday 5 September, the final day of the 49th PIF Leaders Meeting.
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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva released an official statement on 20 August, retracting comments he made two weeks ago in an interview with the Samoan Observer, where he suggested that Pacific Island nations should collectively ask China to write-off its debts.
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Thursday 16 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is attracting world wide media attention after he made comments suggesting that Pacific Island leaders participate in a year long weight loss competition.
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