TONGA
Parliamentary Chamber: Fale Alea

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1990

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Chamber:
  Fale Alea


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  16 February 1990


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members’ term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  Prior to the 1990 elections, the nine popularly-elected parliamentarians boycotted the Legislative Assembly proceedings in September 1989 and subsequently introduced a motion demanding its reform to make it more accountable to the people. During the electoral campaign, King Taufa'Ahau Tupou IV responded by criticizing the aims of the dissidents, claiming that his Government reacted with sufficient rapidity to popular needs.

On polling day, the leader of the reform-minded commoners, Mr. Akilisi Pohive, and his colleagues were re-elected by substantial majorities. Despite this result, they remained in the minority. The next month, a group of conservatives announced their intention to form the kingdom’s first political party in order to counter the reformists’ goal. The Prime Minister is Prince Fatafefi Tu'ipelehake, brother of the King.


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