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Call for Ratu Tevita to detail family’s role in Fiji coup


A former sympathiser of the George Speight 2000 Coup in Fiji has issued a challenge to Ratu Tevita Mara to reveal the details of his family’s role in the Bainimarama coup.

via Radio Australia:Pacific Beat:Story:Call for Ratu Tevita to detail family’s role in Fiji coup.

Tonga’s King opens new session of Parliament


The King of Tonga, George Tupou the 5th, has opened the new session of Parliament, saying the government will go ahead with changes to the judicial system.

via ABC Radio Australia News:Stories:Tonga’s King opens new session of Parliament.

Rescue of Fijian Army Colonel Mara: “Navy people are stupid”, and Fijian PM is Navy


Tonga Chronicle: Can you retell the story of your departure from Fiji?

Mara: Well there’s still a lot of versions from the other side. I’ve been told to write a book about this, the Great Escape. It’s either the Great Escape or the Fishing Expedition.

via Rescue of Fijian Army Colonel Mara: “Navy people are stupid”, and Fijian PM is Navy | Tonga News | Taimi Media Network.

‘What we did in Fiji was illegal,’ Mara tells Matangi Tonga


Fugitive colonel Ratu Tevita Mara, one of four Fijian senior military officers who with Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama overthrew the democratically elected government of Fiji on 5 December 2006, has confessed that what they did was illegal.

via Pacific.scoop.co.nz » ‘What we did in Fiji was illegal,’ Mara tells Matangi Tonga.

Bainimarama beat women: fugitive colonel


One of Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s former colleagues has alleged the self-appointed Fijian prime minister badly beat a group of female pro-democracy advocates during his 2006 coup.

via Bainimarama beat women: fugitive colonel.

Mara seeks united “pro-action” opposition to Bainmarama’s regime


Mara seeks united “pro-action” opposition to Bainmarama’s regime

via Mara seeks united “pro-action” opposition to Bainmarama’s regime.

Angatu’u e ‘Otu Laú ‘i Fisi Kia Kamatoa Bainimarama


Kuo fakafetau e ‘Otu Motu laú, ‘a ia ko e kakai eni ‘oku taku honau tokolahi ko e kakai Tonga ‘o Fisí, ki honau palēmiá, Kamatoa Bainimarama ‘o ‘oatu ‘enau fekau ke ‘oua na’a toe tu’u ange ki hanau ‘inisi kelekele ‘e taha koe’uhi ko ‘ene angafai kia Tevita Uluilakeba Mara ‘a ia kuó ne hola ki Tongá.

via Kaniva Tonga Online – Angatu’u e ‘Otu Laú ‘i Fisi Kia Kamatoa Bainimarama.

Tonga says no need to activate the Biketawa declaration over Fiji spat


Tonga’s acting attorney general says there is no need for the Biketawa declaration to be invoked to deal with the current diplomatic spat between his country and Fiji.

via Tonga says no need to activate the Biketawa declaration over Fiji spat.

Prime Ministers Tuilaepa and Mara and The Pacific Way


Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s statement and humor concerning the current crisis between Fiji and Tonga is accurate. This is truly a “storm-in-the-teacup” and an internal matter that should be handled in-house.Prime Ministers Tuilaepa and Mara and The Pacific Way

via Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Prime Ministers Tuilaepa and Mara and The Pacific Way.

Tonga and Fiji: Sovereignty, humanity two different issues


Claims of Fijian sovereignty need careful scrutiny, with recent events leading to the destruction of the Minerva Reefs, says Chief Secretary and Secretary to the Cabinet, Busby Kautoke.Tonga and Fiji: Sovereignty, humanity two different issues

via Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Tonga and Fiji: Sovereignty, humanity two different issues.