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Wednesday 14 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI has appointed three Nobles of the Realm to close Parliament tomorrow, 15 March. The appointments were announced today by the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Fakafanua.
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Monday 12 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government today extended the current national State of Emergency to finish on 9 April. Tonga’s State of Emergency was first declared on 12 February – the day Cyclone Gita struck Tongatapu and ‘Eua.
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Friday 9 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament is up and running this week thanks to support from parliaments throughout the Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), after Tropical Cyclone Gita destroyed its century old building and technical equipment last month.
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Tuesday 6 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a rush by the Tonga Government to hold a parliament session yesterday 5 March in order to address the urgent needs of the country, it was decided that Parliament will have a two-day break as the Kingdom receives New Zealand’s Prime Minister Hon. Jacinda Ardern who arrives tonight for a one-day visit. Parliament will resume on Thursday 8 March.
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Thursday 1 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will temporarily relocate and resume its session on Monday, March 5 at the Tonga National Center in Tofoa. However, this area of Tofoa underwent a zone change in order for the parliament to meet there.
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Monday 19 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament will reconvene on Monday 5 March at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Lord Fakafanua, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly announced on Friday, 16 February.
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Monday 22 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Members of Parliament should read and have a better understanding of the law, the Constitution, and materials that are tabled into parliament, before they engage and debate in the House, King Tupou VI told the Tonga Legislative Assembly this morning, 22 January, in a message conveyed back to the House by Lord Vaha’i and Losaline Ma’asi.
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Monday 22 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva was discharged from hospital over the weekend and is in good health, the Prime Minister's Office said today in a statement.
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Thursday 18 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today's swearing in of Tonga’s new Cabinet Ministers, to govern the Kingdom for the next four years 2018-21, has left two ministerial portfolios vacant. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 15 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s newly elected government remains an unofficially confirmed list of names, despite the fact that the 2018 session was officially opened on 11 January with an "in-house session". The swearing of new Members of Parliament and selected Cabinet Ministers is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, 18 January.
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Thursday 11 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva did not attend the opening of the Tongan Parliament 2018 session, this morning, 11 January and no mention of his absence was made, in what was called a "Huufi Fakalotofale 'o e Fale Alea 'o Tonga" or "in-house" session. The MPs will take their oath of office on a later day to be announced.
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will be opened tomorrow, Thursday 11 January 2018, at 10:30am, by a commission of three Nobles comprising of HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake, Lord Fakatulolo and Lord Luani.
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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Legislative Assembly may open its 2018 session this week on Thursday January 11 to swear in the new members, according to a source. If that happens, the Prime Minister is expected to leave Vaiola Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in order to attend the session.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva (76) has been elected by members of parliament as Tonga’s Prime Minister, declared at about 6:30pm, at Parliament House. He narrowly defeated his challenger, former Deputy PM, Siaosi Sovaleni by 14 to 12 votes. The result arrives four months after King Tupou VI dissolved parliament on August 24.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Members of Parliament are currently on a 15-minutes break before they cast their vote in a secret ballet to elect Tonga's Prime Minister from two nominations read out this morning at Parliament House. Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his former Deputy PM Siaosi Sovaleni are vying for the top job.
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Friday 15 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 26 members of parliament will elect Tonga’s new Prime Minister on Monday, 18 December.
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Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second nomination for the next Prime Minister of Tonga was submitted this afternoon. The name of the nominee will not be revealed until MPs cast their votes, on a date to be announced.
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Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one nomination for the election of Tonga’s new Prime Minister had been submitted, by mid-day today, with four and a half hours to go before the closure of nominations for candidates, the office of the interim Speaker of the Tongan Parliament confirmed.
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Tuesday 12 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament on 24 August carried a hope that new members of parliament and a new Prime Minister with a new government might be elected to advance the Tongan democratic reform that was introduced in 2010. But that hope faded with the results of the November 16 snap General Election, when voters re-elected 21 of the 26 members of the dissolved parliament.
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Law
Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has stepped up its efforts to curb domestic violence with a new ‘Access to Justice Project’ legal centre launched last Friday, 8 December, that will provide free legal advice and support to survivors, as complaints of domestic violence continue to rise. It is the first in the Pacific Islands.
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