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Democracy is not new to this country there were existing democratic values

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/10/2017

 

The Speaker of Parliament, Lord Tuivakano believes there is no one democracy that is suitable for all nations or – one size fit all – but there are different forms of democracy according to each nation’s history and beliefs.

 

This was the Lord Speaker’s address at the National Dialogue on Democracy this morning. Tuivakanoo reminded the audience that good governance and the rule of law are already instilled in the Tongan culture, and beliefs and our Tongan 4 golden strands.

 

Respect, Humility, Reciprocity, Cooperation, Dedication, but most important of all, Honesty, Faith, Love, and Serving the Lord, the fundamental values of the Christian faith.

 

These are the core beliefs which Tupou I used to found the constitution of Tonga. The cornerstones on which this nation was built, the priceless values that Tongans live by and are what keep the peace and harmony in our communities.

 

Tuivakano then elaborated on the constitution and the Tongan form of government, and the Kings constitutional power, which he exercised in the dissolution of Parliament earlier in August.

 

In conclusion, the Lord Speaker, again emphasized on the importance of electing a good candidate to Parliament in the upcoming election, saying there are good Tongan values that the people should use to elect the best candidate.

 

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  1. Tonga’s economy strong and prosperous

 

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/10/2017

 

The Government’s Foreign Reserves has reached 400 million pa’anga and with prediction that Tonga’s economy will continue to grow.

 

The Former Minister of Finance – Dr. ‘Aisake Eke says during the National Dialogue on Democracy, the economy increased 3.6% in 2009-2010.

 

It decreased to 2% in 2012-2013 during the major construction in Nuku’alofa following the 16/11 riot.

 

Dr. Eke says the GDP growth recorded an increase to 600 million pa’anga with prediction it can reach 1 billion pa’anga in 2017/2018.

 

He adds, the New Government can double the amount of money collected in the year 2020.

 

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