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.
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
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