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Tonga

Yearbook 2002

Tonga. In the March 7 elections, the Human Rights and Democracy Movement (HRDM) received five of the nine elected seats in Parliament. According to Countryaah website, the rest of the 30 members are appointed by King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and the nobility.

2002 Tonga

HRDM plans to propose a constitutional amendment to create a two-chamber system with an upper house for the nobility and a lower house with 21 seats to be added by universal suffrage.

The government has initiated a legal process in the United States against the King's "hawser," an American businessman who disappeared in 2001 with $ 26 million he would have invested on Tonga's behalf. The money corresponds to 40% of the country's state income.

The Foreign Minister of New Zealand, one of the UK's most important aid donors, in February accused the government of "endemic corruption".

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