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Tonga System of Government Information
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GOVERNMENT OF TONGA
(See Sources of Law for a full overview)
(i) Executive Branch:
Head of State: Tongan monarch - hereditary.
Head of Government: Prime Minister - Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister appointed for life by the monarch.
Cabinet: appointed by the monarch
Privy Council: consists of the monarch and the Cabinet
(ii) Legislative Branch:
Legislative Assembly or Fale Alea: 30 seats - 12 reserved for cabinet ministers sitting ex officio, nine for nobles selected by the country's 33 nobles, and nine elected by popular vote; members serve three-year terms.
(iii) Judicial Branch:
Privy Council (Tonga); Court of Appeal; Supreme Court; Magistrates Court; Land Court
(See Court System for a full overview)