Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tonga's King bows to his people

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.

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