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Tonga: Talanoa continues in the search for a united government

Posted by Sai Lealea on December 14, 2010

Pacific Scoop – 14 December 2010 – By Josephine Latu, in Nuku’alofa.

Tonga’s elected politicians are beginning to realise they will have to work together if any new government is to be functional, let alone sustainable.

With less than a week to go before elected MPs vote for the new Prime Minister (official nominations will be announced Friday), “unity” has become a stronger and more necessary part of discussions, even as alliances continue to be bargained behind the scenes.

Some of Tonga’s nobility after the noble’s elections on Nov. 25, including King Tupou V’s younger brother Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka (front row, 4th from left), and Lord Tu’ivakano (front row, 2nd from right), widely speculated as a PM nominee. (Photo courtesy of Josephine Latu/Tonga Chronicle.)

Last week the Democratic Party of the Friendly Isles led by ‘Akilisi Pohiva, called for a Cabinet of National Unity (CNU) comprising a “broad coalition cabinet” of party members, independents and nobles.

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