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Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan

23 Jun 2020

Tonga's Finance Minister has presented a plan to overcome a $TP60 million Budget deficit, the largest in the Kingdom's history.

The National Budget of $TP589.6 million for 2020-2021 was passed unanimously by Parliament yesterday, 21- 0, over a week before the deadline on 30 June.

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Taneti Maamau re-elected president of Kiribati, in blow for Taiwan

23 Jun 2020

Taneti Maamau has been re-elected president of Kiribati by more than 8,000 votes, cementing the country's relations with China.

The switch to Beijing from Taiwan in September brought protesters out into the streets, and whether to align with China or Taiwan became the main dividing issue between the two presidential candidates.

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Guam confirms 22 more Covid-19 cases

22 Jun 2020

Twenty two positive Covid-19 tests linked to the US Air Force Andersen Base have taken Guam's total number of cases to 222.

Of those cases 180 are classified as civilians, and 42 are military service members, including the 22 confirmed by the Department of Defense on Saturday.

The government says there are 44 active cases in Guam while 173 people have been released from isolation and there have been five deaths over the course of the outbreak.

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Kiribati to hold presidential election today

22 Jun 2020

The people of Kiribati will go to the polls today to vote in a presidential election.

Whether the country has relations with China or Taiwan is the main dividing issue between the two candidates.

Taneti Maamau is the incumbent who controversially switched allegiance from Taipei to Beijing last year.

He is going up against Banuera Berina, a former close ally who fell out with Mr Maamau over the switch, and is campaigning to re-establish ties with Taiwan.

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Thousands of Tongans stranded overseas by Covid-19 restrictions

19 Jun 2020

More than 7000 Tongans are thought to be stranded overseas by Covid-19 restrictions.

The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Information, Paula Ma'u, said a thousand have registered for repatriation, while a thousand stranded seasonal workers are being registered by the Ministry of Internal affairs.

The first repatriation flight for 50 Tongans was being planned from New Zealand next month and Mr Ma'u said a second could take place 14 days after the first.

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French Polynesia repatriated residents from Auckland

19 Jun 2020

A group of 27 French Polynesian residents has been repatriated from New Zealand, including the woman whose baby died after being rushed to Auckland.

The Air Tahiti Nui plane was chartered by business people who imported 120 cubic metres of merchandise.

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