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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ATS working closely with Fiji Airways on the A330-200 incident - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

ATS working closely with Fiji Airways on the A330-200 incident
Fijivillage
Air Terminal Services Fiji Limited is working closely with Fiji Airways to address any issues that arose from the incident on an A330-200 on the 16th of this month. This follows questions raised by Fijivillage with ATS if any investigation has started ...
Fiji Airways Welcomes 'Island of Ovalau' Into FleetThe FINANCIAL
New aircraft to help address flight disruptionsFiji Times
Fiji Airways welcomes 'Island of Ovalau' to its fleetFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Fiji Heat Draw - Surfer Magazine (blog)

Surfer Magazine (blog)

Fiji Heat Draw
Surfer Magazine (blog)
The 5th event of the 2015 WSL World Championship tour is just a few days away, and the top surfers of the world are chomping at the bit to get into the water at Cloudbreak and Restaurants. Here's all the details you'll need for the upcoming Fiji Pro ...
DANE REYNOLDS AWARDED FIJI PRO WILDCARDSurfline.com Surf News
Guess Who Scored The Fiji Pro Wildcards?Surfing Life (blog)
World-class surfers headed for Cloudbreak and RestaurantsWake, Wind and Surf
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
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TRACKING INTENSE STORM FOR START OF FIJI WOMEN'S PRO - Surfline.com Surf News

Surfline.com Surf News

TRACKING INTENSE STORM FOR START OF FIJI WOMEN'S PRO
Surfline.com Surf News
LOLA wave height and swell direction forecast for the end of the week, showing healthy swell headed to Fiji for the early days of the 2015 Fiji Women's Pro. Satellite pass on Monday, 5/25/15, that captured seas over 50' within the storm in the southern ...
Cloudbreak and Restaurants ready for the Fiji Pro 2015SurferToday
World Tour Recap: The Storm Is About To SoftenSurfing Life (blog)

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Fiji Fashion charity luncheon opts for 70s theme - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Fiji Fashion charity luncheon opts for 70s theme
Fiji Times
Update: 1:40PM SEVENTIES is the theme for the Fiji Fashion Week charity luncheon at Novotel Suva, Lami Bay today. Novotel Suva General Manager Simon Harper says this is not the first time they are hosting the charity lunch for Fiji Fashion Week; the ...



Options raised for Fiji's Sodelpa over MP suspension - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Options raised for Fiji's Sodelpa over MP suspension
Radio New Zealand
A scholar of parliamentary process and law in the region Richard Herr says the opposition in Fiji has a few options open to it to deal with the suspension of one of its MPs. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu of the Sodelpa party has been suspended from ...

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Hacking horrors - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Hacking horrors
Fiji Times
HACKING is a fast growing crime in Fiji with police confirming that locals have lost more than $1million because of cybercrime in the past three years. Fiji Police Force Cybercrime Unit head Inspector Epi Veimosoi said yesterday that in the past three ...

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Stages of Change theatre group heads to Fiji - Solomon Star

Stages of Change theatre group heads to Fiji
Solomon Star
A group of Solomon Islands actors will take their message about peaceful homes to other parts of Melanesia this weekend. The six Stages of Change women, based in the Solomon Islands fly to Fiji yesterday, to conduct a workshop with acting students at ...



Getting up close and personal with Fiji's manta mantra - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz

Getting up close and personal with Fiji's manta mantra
Stuff.co.nz
I'm in a sweaty beachfront bure at the Barefoot Manta resort in the middle of Fiji's Yasawa Islands, and early sunshine has begun to pierce through the wooden hatches uninvited. But the grogginess that accompanies a kava hangover is soon forgotten once ...



Suspended Fiji MP submits apology - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Suspended Fiji MP submits apology
Radio New Zealand
The opposition MP who's been suspended from Fiji's parliament has submitted a written apology to the Speaker. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu of the Sodelpa party has been suspended from parliament for two years over slurs against the Speaker Jiko Luveni.
Naiqama Gives Written ApologyFiji Sun Online
Ratu Naiqama will not resign, says BeddoesFiji Times
Speaker yet to make her decisionFijivillage
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
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Matson for Fiji rugby - Fiji Times

Radio New Zealand

Matson for Fiji rugby
Fiji Times
McKee said the discussion had been going on for some time now for his services towards Fiji. "Interestingly the rumours got around the town but yes I had been talking to Tabai and met him in Christchurch recently and also again in Sydney over the ...
Sport: Fiji name extended Rugby World Cup squadRadio New Zealand
Investment Is Essential: McKeeFiji Sun Online
McKee hopes Naiyaravoro will be a man of his wordFijivillage
Telecompaper (subscription)
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