Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tonga: Defying the monarchy

Last week, Tonga's unelected inbred monarch over-ruled the elected government, decreeing that the country should not ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women. The government's solution? A referendum:

The Prime Minister of Tonga says the issue of signing a United Nations Convention which recently led to protests in the country, will be put to the public to be voted on, after the coronation celebrations end.


'Akilisi Pohiva, who supports CEDAW, says the decision is up to the people.

"It is a matter for the people to decide and since the public is split, there's a split amongst the people of the country, I think the best thing to do is to give it to the public to make the decision."

Tonga is priest-ridden, and its priests are willing to lie about the effects of CEDAW to boot, so I suspect they'll lose. But it does send a clear signal to Tonga's king who is in charge: the people.