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Sowing representative democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga: The 2010 Elections and Future Implications for Political Education

Durutalo, Alumita L. and Nanau, Gordon and Amosa, Desmond U. and Latu, A. M. (2014) Sowing representative democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga: The 2010 Elections and Future Implications for Political Education. Micronesian Educator, 19 . pp. 516-524. ISSN 1061-088X

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    Abstract

    The November 2010 general elections in the Kingdom of Tonga was a historical event in the sense that further amendments was made to the Constitution in April, 2010 to allow for an increase in the People's seats in the Legislative Assembly as well as the formal recognition and registration of political parties. As the only island state in the Pacific that was not directly colonized, Tonga's political development is unique in the sense that the Monarch and the Aristocrats or Nobles controlled political leadership for a long while since 1875. The move to allow for more commoner representation in 2010 marked the beginning of leadership democratization in the island Kingdom. Researching and documenting this political milestone is crucial in the sense that it would contribute significantly to the study and understanding of the wider democratization processes in the small Pacific Island states as well as highlight the need of political education.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
    Depositing User: Repo Editor
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 15:32
    Last Modified: 05 May 2016 15:29
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7939
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