2005/03/18

Tonga elects new Parliament

Tonga has elected its new Parliament. The Parliament consists of 30 members, 9 are elected by the people; 33 nobles elect nine members, and 12 are appointed by the King. The Cabinet then consists of 12 MPs, with two of them coming from the people's representatives. Tonga's king appoints the Cabinet.

Of the nine seats the people have a say in, seven are from the Tongan Human Rights and Democracy Movement. The THRDM advocates for democratic reform, and the end to monarchial rule. Thus it is fair to say, the Tongan people do not like the king's power to rule.

The Crown Prince has stated that he will move towards democracy once he comes into power.

The Tongan people should be given support from the region's democracies in their bid for democratic governance. The spread of democracy is from the ground up, and the Tongan people are doing just that.

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"The Crown Prince has stated that he will move towards democracy once he comes into power "

ROFLOL! Bush's words spread all over the world!

I used to play in a funk band in Australia, and Fue (not even sure how his name was spelled now, but anyway, pronounced "few"), our bass player was from Tonga. It's such a long time ago it's rather fuzzy in my mind, but I remember him mentioning lots of historical interaction between Tonga and NZ. Even to the extent of guys moving across with pirogues. Is it just my blurry memory, Greg, or is there some truth in it?

Please, fill me in. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/18/2005 06:55:00 am  
New Zealand does have a lot of interaction with Tonga. Indeed most Polynesians communities have very strong links with New Zealand, there is near complete freedom of movement to NZ from most of the islands. Indeed Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world!
New Zealand was originately settled by Maori, who travelled from Polynesia in waka, which are similar to pirogues. But interaction would have been very hard due to the trade winds. It is widely taken that once NZ was settled there was little interaction back into Polynesia by the Maori. 

Posted by Greg Stephens
3/18/2005 07:44:00 am  
Thanks for the introduction to a new country and people, Greg. It's always interesting.  

Posted by Dianne
3/18/2005 03:15:00 pm  
Thanks for the introduction to a new country and people, Greg. It's always interesting.  

Posted by Dianne
3/18/2005 03:49:00 pm  

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