Is­lan­ders mourn king, grow wary of suc­ces­sor

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NUKU’ALOFA | Homes swathed in pur­ple and black formed a bright bow run­ning from the coun­try­side to cities of Tonga as the mourn­ing na­tion hon­ored and buried their late King Ge­orge Tupou V on Tues­day.

That so many took the care to adorn their homes and busi­nesses tes­ti­fies to the rev­er­ence Ton­gans give to the idea of the monar­chy, even af­ter the king ceded many of his own pow­ers in 2008 to usher in an era of democ­racy.

But his March 18 death is also rais­ing ques­tions about whether his younger brother, Tupou VI, will con­tinue his legacy.

The new king is seen by many here as more con­ser­va­tive than his pre­de­ces­sor, and some fear he could stall or even re­verse the po­lit­i­cal progress made in this small Pa­cific is­land na­tion.

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