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Pohiva wins Tonga’s war of perception

“Chaos syndrome is a chronic decline in the political system’s capacity for self-organization,” wrote journalist Jonathan Rauch.  He was talking about how American politics went insane under President Trump but might as well have been talking about Tonga.  Let’s face it: Tongan politics has gone crazy.  Political stability has deteriorated from two zoo administrations of […]

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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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His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Tonga, patrolling the Nuku’alofa central business district after the civil riot of November 16th, 2006.  Photograph by The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Australia, November 29th, 2006.

Defend the Sovereignty of the Kingdom of Tonga

On Friday morning of April 10th at Viliai barracks in Nuku’alofa, the question I put to Brigadier Fielakepa, Chief of Defence Staff, was straightforward. What does the HMAF mission mean, “Defend the Sovereignty of the Kingdom of Tonga?” This was the headquarters of His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Tonga, and I was given permission by Lord […]

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Naming of Tongan PM greeted with both joy and words of caution

RNZI, 30 Decdember 2014: A Tongan political scientist says the election of Akilisi Pohiva as prime minister is a great day for democracy in Tonga. Mr Pohiva on Monday defeated an independent MP, former deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu, in a secret parliamentary vote. The head of Massey University’s Pasifika centre, Malakai Koloamatangi, says many […]

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