AS the sun rose over Nukua'lofa on the day Tongans traditionally crowned their king, long shadows cast in the heart of town was a grim reminder of how things had changed in the island kingdom.
No longer would the king have all the say. And the empty spaces - where only foundations of buildings remain after fed-up Tongans rioted and torched them in 2006 - became monuments to democratic reform in the Friendly Isles.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Tonga's King bows to his people