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Country Report Tonga

  • ID: 2138734
  • December 2014
  • Region: Tonga
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Following the general election on November 27th, Tonga's politicians are in the process of forming a new government and selecting a new prime minister, with a final decision expected by the end of December. Although the opposition Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (DPFI) did not gain a majority in parliament, horse-trading since the election means that it is set to gain sufficient support from independent members of parliament (MPs) to form a government. Further democratic reforms are likely over the forecast period.

In the election-the second held since the introduction of limited democratic reforms in 2010-the opposition DPFI won nine of the 17 directly elected seats. However, this was down on the 12 seats that it won in 2010 and was insufficient to give it a majority in the 26-member Legislative Assembly (parliament), as nine seats in the chamber are reserved to represent Tonga's 33 nobles. However, one independent MP has affiliated with the DPFI since the election, giving it control over ten seats, with the other 16 held by the seven independent MPs and nine nobles. Attention is now focusing on the process of appointing a prime minister; this has resulted in meetings READ MORE >

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Country Report Tonga

Further democratic steps ahead?
Independents may back the democratic opposition
Significant challenges await the new government

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