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REGION: Southern Cross talks Tongan PM dismissal, Duterte drug war escalation


Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva dismissed by King … uncertainty surrounds state of democracy. Image: Tagata Pasifika.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Item: 9986

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM The Wire/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): King Tupou VI's decision to dissolve Tonga's parliament and dismiss Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva is the focus of the Pacific Media Centre’s weekly Southern Cross radio programme.

Pacific Media Watch freedom project editor Kendall Hutt talks with The Wire host Joel Thomas about King Tupou VI's unprecedented decision and its implications for democracy.

Hutt and Thomas also explore the deadly escalation in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs following the controversial death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, allegedly at the hands of police.

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