21 Aug 2009

Tonga extends emergency regulations

3:37 pm on 21 August 2009

Tonga's Privy Council has approved a cabinet decision to extend emergency regulations in the capital for another month.

The regulations, which were first put in place in Nuku'alofa after riots in November 2006, give the police and military extraordinary powers, and apply to a specified zone in the heart of the city.

A government official says they have been advised by the security forces to continue with the controls.