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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Registered voters in Tonga are expected to head to the polls on May 30 and elect their new Town and District Officers to take office for the next three-years. The number of candidates has decreased since the last elections in 2016.
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Monday 20 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Increasing the number of voters in Tonga's elections is one of the main aims of a new NZD$1.5m three-year program signed under a Memorandum of Understanding between the New Zealand and Tonga Electoral Commissions, at the Electoral Office at Fasi today, 20 May.
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Tuesday 30 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public consultation on six Government Bills will start on Monday, May 6 by members of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Legislation.
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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An urgent bill pushed by Cabinet last month – the National Spatial Planning And Management (Amendment) Bill 2019 – aims to replace the King’s authority in appointing the ‘Planning Tribunal’ which adjudicates appeals filed by applicants against decisions made by the National Spatial Planning Authority, a body that assesses and approves draft plans of land/development projects.
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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The “Tonga Police (Amendment) Bill 2019” – one of six urgent bills introduced by Cabinet last month – looks to amend Tonga’s constitution regarding the appointment process of a Police Commissioner. The bill attempts to remove the authority of the King to appoint a Police Commissioner, handing over that right to Cabinet.
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Thursday 28 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI, in a message for the closing of the Tonga Legislative Assembly's 2018-19 session today, said there was a lot of work to be done to develop our country. The king's short message, delivered by Lord Vaea, urged all Tongans to be prepared for the effects of climate change, and stressed that the work of Parliament and Government must be carried out in accordance with the Constitution and with dignity. The Prime Minister was absent from the closure.
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Law
Wednesday 27 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new Attorney General, Mrs Linda Simiki Folaumoetu’i SC, was appointed by King Tupou VI on March 21.
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Wednesday 27 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva today expressed relief that King Tupou VI did not dissolve the Tonga Legislative Assembly and call for new elections again, as requested by Petitioners. “I totally support His Majesty in Council’s decision,” he stated.
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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.
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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament ended Tuesday’s session in a tense mood, after the Acting Speaker, Lord Tu‘ilakepa announced that the Prime Minister’s six “Urgent Bills” would have to go to the House’s Standing Committee on Legislation; and the Minister of Police, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu threatened to impeach him. From the House By Pesi Fonua
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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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Saturday 16 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Tongan parliament closed for the week on Thursday, 14 March, there was public concern over the current composition of the Legislative Assembly, with only Cabinet Ministers and their four People's Representative supporters attending. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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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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Thursday 7 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government yesterday, 6 March after lunch retrieved from the House the six urgent bills that it had tabled into parliament, apparently withdrawing them for public consultation. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 5 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament has been juggling with its working agenda since yesterday, Monday 4 March, going from one thing to another and back again. The House is trying to deal with a Petition tabled into Parliament as well as the Prime Minister's corrections to a letter informing the House that six Bills tabled into Parliament were urgent and that the House has to pass them before it continues with its proceedings. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Saturday 2 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Bills, tabled into parliament by Cabinet and labelled “urgent” by Tonga's Prime Minister, stirred fierce debate on Wednesday and Thursday. The House rejected a motion for public consultation over the proposed changes to the Constitution being debated. From the House By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament passed the Foreign Investment Bill 2019 yesterday, 26 February with votes of 15-3, after a hot debate on whether or not to take into account the concerns of the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and the business community. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 25 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Better dialogue between government and the private sector will help to smooth key processes holding back the growth of business in Tonga, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI) has told government, in a hurried submission on the Foreign Investment Bill last Friday, February 22.
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