Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands

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Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands
Paati Temokalati 'a e 'Otu Motu 'Anga'ofa
Leader 'Akilisi Pohiva
Founded September 2010
Ideology Reformism
Government transparency
Legislative Assembly
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The Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (Tongan: Paati Temokalati 'a e 'Otu Motu 'Anga'ofa) is a political party in Tonga. The party's leader is 'Akilisi Pohiva.

The party was launched in September 2010, and included several sitting People's Representatives who were part of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement.[1] Its policies include government transparency and economic reform.[2]

The "Friendly Islands" are a name originally given to Tonga by Captain James Cook.[3]

2010 elections[edit]

The party contested all 17 people's seats in the 2010 elections,[1] winning 12 of them. Following the election, it secured the support of one independent and was seeking the support of two others – ‘Aisake Valu Eke and Sunia Fili – by offering them cabinet posts.[4]

Following the elections, Niuas MP Sosefo Fe’aomoeata Vakata reportedly quit the party to become an independent and support a noble candidate as Prime Minister.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Another new political party emerges in Tonga as country prepares for 2010 elections". Radio New Zealand International. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Transparency on agenda in Tongan election". Australia Network News. 7 September 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Un nouveau parti à Tonga", ABC Radio Australia (French), 8 September 2010
  4. ^ "Tonga election winners plan to co-opt two independents". Radio New Zealand International. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Nobles now more likely to form next Tonga government". Radio New Zealand International. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-09.