27 May 2005

Tonga drops electricity tax after thousands protest against it

12:40 pm on 27 May 2005

The Tongan government has confirmed it's suspending an electricity tax after thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to protest against it.

The pro-Democracy Movement organised the march, calling for the power supply to be taken from the Shoreline company which is partly owned by the Crown Prince.

In March, the new Democratic People's Party appealed to the government to drop the surcharge that Shoreline Power had added on to the price of electricity.

The government now says it's paying off Shoreline for three months, adding negotiations with the company will continue to work out a more sustainable tariff structure.