30 women to enter Practice Parliament in Tonga

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30 women to enter Practice Parliament in Tonga

Thirty representatives will take part in Tonga's first “Practice Parliament for Women” on April 10-11 in Nuku'alofa, a two-day event that aims to encourage women to run for parliament in the upcoming 2014 General Election in November.

Lord Fakafanua the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly last week announced the names of 28 candidates picked from a pool of applicants. They include nine “noble's representatives”, 17 “people's representatives” and two representatives elected by the Prime Minister from outside.

In addition, there are two reserved seats for youths and disability groups who did not go through the application process.

We invite you to read the full article published April 2, 2014