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Tonga: the constitution, the riot, the election and reform

Campbell, Ian C. (2008) Tonga: the constitution, the riot, the election and reform. The New Zealand International Review, 33 (5). pp. 2-6. ISSN 0110-0262

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After ignoring pressure for political reform for twenty years the kingdom of Tonga took some tentative steps in 2004 as Crown Prince Tupouto'a exerted increasing influence during the closing years and months of Tupou IV's long reign. Although these moves were initially welcomed by members of the pro-democracy movement, the relationship between reformers and government came under increasing strain once specific proposals were aired, culminating in the destructive riot of 2006. All parties agree that a restructured parliament will be elected in 2010 but agree on little else. The specific form is now a matter for a constitutional commission.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2008 02:03
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 07:00

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