Vava'u Islands, Tonga. Editorial Credit: Danita Delmont/Shutterstock.com

Tonga

Tonga’s constitutional monarchy has featured a prime minister backed by a mostly elected parliament since 2010. However, the king retains important powers, including the authority to veto legislation, dissolve the parliament, and appoint judicial officials. While civil liberties are generally protected, ongoing problems include political pressure on the state broadcaster and land laws that discriminate against women.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Tonga Country Report

Tonga is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.