The Academy

Parliament of Tonga

Presiding Officer(s): Lord Fakafanua
Joined the Commonwealth: 4 June 1970
CPA Branch formed: 1 January 1958
Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral (Legislative Assembly)

Parliament/Legislature Website: Parliament of Tonga

Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: 6 (Finance & Public Accounts; Climate Change & Environment; Legislation; Social Services; Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade; Agriculture)

Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral): N/A

Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: Privileges Committee; Business and Agenda Committee


Articles in The Parliamentarian (2013-2021):

  • Mele Fonua, CYP10 participant from Tonga, Article about the Tonga Youth Parliament (+ news story) (Issue Two, 2020)
  • Ms Silivia 'Atiola, Practice Parliament 2014: A new Era for the Women of Tonga (Issue Three, 2014)


Recent CPA Programmatic Activities/News:


Gloria Guttenbeil-Pole'o
Clerk of the House
Parliament of Tonga gloria.poleo@parliament.gov.to
Lord Fakafanua
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Parliament of Tonga gloria.poleo@parliament.gov.to

Key Facts

Date of Independence
01 Jan 1970
CPA Branch Formed
01 Jan 1970
Voting Age
Seat of Parliament
Nuku' Alofa