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Monday 8 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The desire for a new system of government to be in place before a parliamentary election in 2010, according to the Interim Report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission, is unrealistic, and even a token change in representation by the deadline will require parliament to work much harder and longer.
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Friday 17 April 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I believe that most people are making a very critical mistake of thinking of democracy as a destination and not viewing it as a process. Democracy is not a certain model or a specific type of people's representation, and this point can be proven by the fact that no two democracies in the world are the same. At the heart of democracy are principles that increase transparency and accountability, but at the same time the success of accomplishing these ideals requires an informed and participating public.
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Thursday 16 April 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
We are all in agreement that a more representative government is the democratic direction we want. But Mr. Fale confused readers by opposing a "cabinet picked from within the legislative assembly" because it "concentrates tremendous power in the hands of a few . . . " - Sione A. Mokofisi
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Monday 30 March 2009
New South Wales,Australia
I wish to suggest that we must slow down the current process, which is aimed at bringing about a radical change to the political system in Tonga by the year 2010. - Rev Dr Ma‘afu Palu
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Monday 30 March 2009
New York, USA
Tonga's prodemocracy movement tightly hold Lord Acton's tail when he said, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." For years, they intoxicated the mass with that quote as if it is another absolute proposition from our Creator. Let me try to debunk Acton's nake half-truth.
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Sunday 22 March 2009
New York, USA
Modern Tonga was born, as Pacific historians claimed, out of a marriage of convenience between monarchy and Christianity, may I propose that postmodern Tonga should be conceived out of a marriage of necessity between philosophical, cultural, and political motifs and paradoxes which constitute Tonga's political reality. We need to reflect deeply on how to merge the present political reality and the democratic ideals, traditions and post-modernism, culture and politics, monarchy and democracy. Any attempt to create a short-cut solution by unreservedly embracing democracy is, nothing short of political suicide. - Senituli Penitani
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Tuesday 24 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan public responding to a call for submissions on constitutional and electoral reform have come forward with their ideas for reforms.
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Thursday 11 December 2008
USA
Let's first talk about the US economy. We here in America are just fine. Our children are still well fed. They are still well clothed. They still lie down at night and say their prayers on a warm bed. We share with those who are not fortunate enough. The laughter and smiles we see and hear from our children makes us wonder if there is really a recession. We know there is a recession but we are going to walk out of it together. I don't have time to write all day so I will get to the point.
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Wednesday 26 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gordon Ward, Tonga's former Chief Justice has been appointed as the Chairman of Tonga's new Political Reform Commission along with four other members who were named in a statement from the Privy Council today.
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Monday 17 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of five candidates submitted for the Constitution and Electoral Commission may receive the formal endorsement from the Privy Council at the end of this week.
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Monday 20 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Tu'ivanuavou Vaea was named today as the representative of the nobles to Tonga's Commission for Political Reform.
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Thursday 4 September 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Since parliament passed the Bill for the Constitutional and Electoral Commission Act on July 22 neither the Cabinet, the Nobles' Representatives nor the People's Representatives have nominated their representatives for the Commission. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 21 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of five candidates for the Constitution and Electoral Commission should be made known by next week, said the Acting Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, Paula Ma'u yesterday, August 20.
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Monday 26 May 2008
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Langafonua Tu'uloa Party is calling on the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele and three other Cabinet Ministers to step down claiming they have breached a Public Proclamation made in 2004 and that their term in office has since expired.
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Thursday 24 April 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After 7 pm this evening the results for Tongatapu have started coming in following polling in today's General Election to choose nine People's Representatives to the Tonga Legislative Assembly for the next three years, 2008-10.
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Tuesday 15 April 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Highlights from Tonga's newspapers, April 3-10, 2008. An English translation summary by Tevita Fonua.
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Tuesday 25 March 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akanete Lauti, the former Director of the Friendly Islands Human Rights and Democracy Movement, who resigned in order to run in the April General Election, is disappointed with the decision that an assessment will be done to determine her comeback.
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Monday 17 March 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Inoke Hu'akau is one of 28 candidates who are contesting the three Tongatapu People's Representatives seats in Tonga's April 24 Parliamentary election, and appears to be the only one expressing strong views against the proposed reform program that was passed by parliament before it closed last year, that politicians are working to introduce in 2010.
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Thursday 20 September 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
As one of the few loyal friends of America in the world, the Kingdom of Tonga has been rewarded with nothing but empty thanks from the U.S. Government. As most recently as a couple of years ago the U.S. Consul from the Suva Embassy, in Fiji, had the guts to lecture the Tongan Government as a "human-rights violator."
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Wednesday 22 August 2007

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new political party, called the Paati Langafonua Tu'uloa or "PLT", was officially launched by its president Sione Fonua at the Basilica, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday, August 18.
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