TONGAN LAWMAKERS WIN DELAY ON CONSTITUTION VOTE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 4) - The People’s
Representatives in the Tongan Legislative Assembly have won more time to try and
convince the Government to drop plans to change the constitution.

The planned amendments, which would introduce severe
restrictions on the ability of the media to operate, passed their first reading
last month.

The amendments were due to be debated this week but Dr Fred
Sevele says 8 of the 9 Peoples Representatives convinced the Speaker to delay
the second reading until the first week of October.

Dr Sevele says the extra time gives them a chance to inform the
people of the implications of the changes by visiting the towns and the
villages.

And hopefully, if they believe the changes shouldn't be brought
in, then they will sign petitions and even present themselves during the week
when we debate the proposed amendments in the House, in or around Parliament
house."

September 4, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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