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Newsline: Tonga mulls embassy closures

The Tonga legislature passed the 2011 budget at the last possible moment yesterday ensuring workers can continue to be paid from today. The Budget is for 100 million US dollars and government income is set to fall nearly 20 million US dollars short. The government’s hoping that foreign aid donors will make up the shortfall. The government will close the Wellington High Commission and possibly others, in an effort to cut spending. “They are going to close down Wellington, they are thinking of closing Canberra as well as the embassy in London, though information that we have been passed is that the embassy in Canberra may be moved to Bangkok, where they may operate cheaply and take care of Tonga’s affairs from there.”