Asian Development Bank and Tonga: Fact Sheet
Asian Development Bank | April 2009
Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides social and economic indicators on Tonga as well as concise information on ADB's operations in the country and contact information. The system of government in Tonga is changing. Pressure for political freedom and a more democratic form of government had been mounting for some years. In July–September 2005, the majority of the civil service went on strike to support their demands for increased pay—this strike also reflected an increasing discontent with the Government. The strike was eventually resolved when the civil servants were granted large pay rises. Shortly after the death of King Tupou IV on 10 September 2006, rioters ransacked and burned most of the Capital’s central business district. This politically inspired unrest has had a profound impact on Tonga. While most Tongan’s wish to retain the monarchy, most also want a more inclusive form of government.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2009. Asian Development Bank and Tonga: Fact Sheet. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/5817.
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