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  Tonga
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  Prime Minister  Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa 0 19 +30.43%
  Fale Alea  Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands 0 17 +64.71%
Monarchy
  King of Tonga  Lavaka ata Ulukalala (Tupou VI) 1 12 +100.00%


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South Pacific Ocean  

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Established June 04, 1970
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorGerald Farinas
Last ModifiedGerald Farinas April 22, 2004 02:10am
Description Kingdom of Tonga
Friendly Islands

Tonga is the only remaining Polynesian monarchy. With its capital at Nuku'alofa, Tonga is located in Oceania in an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. There are three island groups within the kingdom: Ha'apai, Tongatapu, Vava'u. As a constitutional hereditary monarchy, the nation is governed by the King of Tonga who appoints the ruling Cabinet and its Prime Minister. Laws are created in the unicameral Fale Alea, or Parliament. There are 30 seats in the Fale Alea: 12 reserved for cabinet ministers sitting ex officio, 9 for nobles selected by the country's 33 nobles, and 9 elected by popular vote. Members serve three-year terms.

All heads of state and government -- the Monarch, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister -- serve life terms.

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Mar 21, 2018 07:00am News Tonga bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing 'to preserve dignity'  Article IndyGeorgia 
Jul 28, 2010 11:30pm News Tonga sends troops to Afghanistan  Article Jason 

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