Fiji

Country Fiji
Capital Suva
Continent Australia-Oceania
Currency Fijian dollar(FJD)
Languages English, Fijian & Fiji Hindi

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Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and refused to hold elections.

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Lapse of defence costly - Fiji Times

Lapse of defence costly
Fiji Times
SOUTH Africa and Australia are shaping up as the new forces of sevens rugby as traditional sevens champions New Zealand and Fiji failed to win in the weekend. South Africa became the second team to win back-to-back tournaments and twice they have ...



Go For All Blacks: Dad - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

Go For All Blacks: Dad
Fiji Sun Online
Proud father Setareki Tamanivalu Senior wants his son Setareki Tamanivalu Junior to don the All Blacks jersey and give his Fijian brothers a chance. I have requested Junior to try his best to play for the New Zealand team because he has a high chance ...



NZ defence keen to 're-engage' with Fiji - Radio New Zealand

NZ defence keen to 're-engage' with Fiji
Radio New Zealand
After Fiji's elections in September, New Zealand lifted its last sanctions on Fiji which until March included a travel ban on the Fiji military for its role in ousting the elected government in 2006. The Minister of Defence, Gerry Brownlee, says New ...
Boost for FijiFiji Times

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Millionth man - Fiji Times

Millionth man
Fiji Times
As he checked in at the Nadi International Airport counter yesterday morning, Fiji Airways executive general manager sales and marketing Otto Gergye tapped him on the shoulder and shook his hand. The Vatuwaqa, Suva, resident had created history by ...
Fiji's flight into aviation historyPort Macquarie News
Fiji Airways surpasses 1 million international passenger markFijivillage

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Fiji Airways Receives Keys To Its Newest ATR 72-600 - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Airways Receives Keys To Its Newest ATR 72-600
Fiji Sun Online
The latest addition to Fiji Link's growing fleet, another ATR 72-600, was handed over to the company yesterday in Toulouse, France. Fiji Link general manager Shaenaz Voss received the keys of the ATR 72 from Nordic Aviation Company, the company from ...



Man down, Fiji wins - Fiji Times

Man down, Fiji wins
Fiji Times
"Fiji played well that day - probably as good as they could, and we probably played as bad as we could. It's not a nice feeling to be associated with one of the most embarrassing losses the Socceroos have ever had. We wanted to escape as soon as possible.



Kiwis lose out in Fiji land-grab - Stuff.co.nz

Kiwis lose out in Fiji land-grab
Stuff.co.nz
Hundreds of New Zealanders with freehold property in Fiji are in uproar and facing losses running into the millions as a result of a Suva government bill banning the sale of freehold land to foreigners. Known as "Bill No 13", it has been tabled in ...

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Rasta Rasivhenge, The Firm But Fair Referee - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

Rasta Rasivhenge, The Firm But Fair Referee
Fiji Sun Online
Rasta recalled it as being at the Hong Kong Sevens final when Fiji beat New Zealand 35-28 in an epic finale. Rasta is also good friends with Fiji's own International Referee James Bolabiu and speaks very highly of him. In fact he goes on to say that he ...



Fijian Links To Siege Gunman - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

Fijian Links To Siege Gunman
Fiji Sun Online
Members of a US Fijian family, with links to Noleen Hayson Pal, the slain ex-wife of the Sydney Siege gunman, say he should rot and burn in hell. The gunman, Haron Monis, was shot dead in the early hours of yesterday morning in the Lindt Chocolat ...

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Fiji Link modernises fleet with aircraft acquisition - Fiji Times

Fiji Link modernises fleet with aircraft acquisition
Fiji Times
THE acquisition of a new ATR 72-600 by Fiji Airways' regional and domestic subsidiary, Fiji Link, is the national carrier's latest move towards modernising its fleet. Fiji Link general manager Shaenaz Voss said the aircraft would bring connectivity in ...

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