Tongan women celebrate political progress

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23rd November, 2017

By Jenny Meyer

The head of the Commonwealth Observer Group says having two successful women candidates in last week’s Tongan election may be the start of greater representation in the country’s parliament. Since 1951 there have only been eight women in Tonga’s parliament, including five elected, but now Losaline Ma’asi has joined the re-elected ‘Akosita Lavulavu in the House. Former New Zealand cabinet minister Margaret Wilson led the Commonwealth team that observed the elections for the first time and she says the election of the two women is significant.

'Emeline Siale 'Ilolahia

Executive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, ‘Emeline Siale ‘Ilolahia. Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka’uta

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