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National Security Risk

Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale Alea o Tonga. Was Tonga’s Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, a national security risk to his own country?  Parliament morphed into a shuddering scene on 18 January.  The annual swearing in ceremony looked somewhat staged to the public audience.  Arriving with his medical physician, the Prime Minister’s recital was cut short by […]

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Zoo with no keeper

Opening of Tonga’s parliament, 2018. Photograph: Fale Alea o Tonga. A political zoo with no keeper can cause serious health problems for an entire country.  Certainly it had disrupted Tonga’s polity and economy.  The question was, were we staring down the barrel of growing dysfunction in government that’d been transferred over from Akilisi Pohiva’s last […]

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Zoo Two

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale Alea o Tonga. Zoo Two read like a political recipe for another flopped cake in the oven.  Something felt off about the ingredients of this cabinet.  A menacing question resurfaced: had Dear Leader lost his way home in the dark this time? Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s.  Echo.  Echo.  Echo. See […]

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Four more years

Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: e-Tangata. Just when you’re feeling a tad sorry about Akilisi Pohiva’s government getting the boot when the Tongan King called up section 38 in the constitution to dissolve parliament, his Democratic Party comes out on top with fourteen of the people’s seventeen seats at a snap election.  This amounted to 40% of […]

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