From Hoxha to Bainimarama
Realising that it had to offer some concessions to its opponents, the Tongan elite negotiated a constitution that, like Bainimarama’s document, blended apparently democratic with blatantly anti-democratic clauses. The constitution allowed for the election of a majority of seats in parliament by popular vote – but it reserved a third of seats for nobles. Eager to hold onto its influence with the Tongan elite and convinced that stability was better than ‘pure’ democracy, the New Zealand government ignored the flaws in the constitution.
[Posted by Scott Hamilton]