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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 29) – The Tongan Legislative Assembly today rejected a submission that it drop a proposal to allow some transport services to operate on Sunday.

The bill would allow aircraft flights, work in the Marine Department, and other related activities, on Sundays.

Tonga’s seven church leaders presented a petition opposing the bill on Monday. The petition was rejected by 13 votes to 12.

Pro-democracy Member of Parliament Akilisi Pohiva says the Government claims that the measure is only to allow emergencies services to function on Sunday, but he says the People’s Representatives have a different view.

"Our interpretation of that bill is that once that bill is passed then all essential services, according to regulation that could be put up by heads of department, could be done on Sundays."

September 30, 2004

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