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Monday 25 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s tense and conflicting politics were exposed when three petitions were presented to the HM King Tupou VI on 18 February, with a call to not only dissolve parliament, but also to establish a Royal Commission to investigate alleged wrong doings by government; and to appoint a caretaker government. Last week the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, responded by calling the petitions “trouble making”.
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Thursday 21 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Public Consultation meeting on the Foreign Investment Bill 2019 between the Minister of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation, and Labour, Hon. Tu’i Uata and a few members of the Nuku'alofa business community was held this afternoon, 21 February at Parliament Building, Fanga’uta. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If Parliament’s most urgent task at the close of its first day, Monday, was the passing of a new Foreign Investment Bill 2019 in order to release $35 million in current Budget Support from donors, then other matters on the work agenda might have been expected to be put aside when the House reconvened. However, on Tuesday morning the issue of the Tonga cable black-out at the end of January occupied the attention of the House. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Budget support amounting to $35 million input from aid donors will not be released to the Tongan Government if they do not amend the Foreign Investment Act before the end of February, Tonga's parliament was told today. A letter from the Acting PM stirred up vociferous exchanges in the Tongan Parliament today. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Petitions with over 10,000 signatures calling for King Tupou VI to dissolve the Tongan Parliament and establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Pohiva government, were presented to the Palace Office in Nuku'alofa this afternoon, 18 February. By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 25 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva raised laughter at an Australian function last night before proposing a toast to HM Queen Elizabeth II, when he said that he may need god's smile as another petition was being filed to the King to dissolve parliament.
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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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