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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Fiji Election Hit With Fraud Accusations - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Fiji Election Hit With Fraud Accusations
Wall Street Journal
Provisional results give Rear Adm. Voreqe Bainimarama's party, Fiji First, a convincing lead with more than 60% of the vote, according to data released by the Fijian election authority early Thursday. The military strongman has ruled Fiji for eight years.
Fiji losers claim election vote riggingNew Zealand Herald
Fiji election: Bainimarama headed for outright majorityThe Guardian
International observers endorse 'credible' Fiji electionDeutsche Welle
Oneindia -TVNZ -ABC Online
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Fiji election: Frank Bainimarama on the brink of victory, Observer group says ... - ABC Online

BBC News

Fiji election: Frank Bainimarama on the brink of victory, Observer group says ...
ABC Online
Fiji's self-appointed leader Frank Bainimarama is set for a dominant election win, as counting in the long-awaited poll continues. With more than half of the ballots counted, the leader of the Fiji First party has a compelling lead with 233,005 votes ...
AN eerie quiet descended on Fiji as the country prepared to vote today for the ...The Australian
Is Fiji on the road to democracy?BBC News
Fiji's Military Ruler Headed for Big Election WinABC News
TVNZ -Sydney Morning Herald
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Parties reject result - Fiji Times

Parties reject result
Fiji Times
The Fiji Labour Party, One Fiji Party, Social Democratic Liberal Party, National Federation Party and the People's Democratic Party signed a joint statement seeking the intervention of Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem and Electoral Commission ...



Former coup leader ahead in Fiji vote - Aljazeera.com

Former coup leader ahead in Fiji vote
Aljazeera.com
Fiji's former military leader is headed for victory in the first democratic elections since he seized power in a coup in 2006, according to early poll tallies. The early count on Wednesday showed Frank Bainimarama's Fiji First Party had secured more ...



Fiji poll fraud claims mar Bainimarama's popular vote - SBS

SBS

Fiji poll fraud claims mar Bainimarama's popular vote
SBS
Opposition parties say they do not accept the overwhelming Fijian election victory of former rear admiral and coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama and allege systematic fraud. Fiji's Minister of Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Radio New Zealand ...



Frank Bainimarama headed for victory in Fiji's first elections since coup in 2006 - Sydney Morning Herald

Frank Bainimarama headed for victory in Fiji's first elections since coup in 2006
Sydney Morning Herald
Suva: Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appears set for a decisive victory in the country's first election since he took power in a coup eight years ago. With votes from nearly a two-thirds of polling stations counted, Voreqe "Frank ...



Elections supervisor to announce final results - Fiji Times

Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Elections supervisor to announce final results
Fiji Times
Update: 8:53AM SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem is expected to announce the final results of the 2014 general election today. Mr Saneem confirmed to this newspaper a short while ago that there would not be any more announcements of ...
Police special response unit on watch as Fiji election results awaitedScoop.co.nz (press release)
Final results of Fiji Elections will be known todayTonga Daily News
Electoral Commission to wait for evidenceFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Fiji's ex-coup leader heads for poll victory - Aljazeera.com

Fiji's ex-coup leader heads for poll victory
Aljazeera.com
Frank Bainimarama, a former coup leader, is on the verge of becoming Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers give the ballot a stamp of approval. With 70 percent of the vote counted as of Thursday, the incumbent prime ...



Int'l monitors endorse Fiji election as credible - New Zealand Herald

Int'l monitors endorse Fiji election as credible
New Zealand Herald
SUVA, Fiji (AP) International observers endorsed the landmark Fiji election as credible on Thursday, although most smaller political parties said they would not accept what appeared to be a decisive win for the South Pacific country's military ruler.



Fiji: Strongman Leading in Election Count - New York Times

Fiji: Strongman Leading in Election Count
New York Times
Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory after the nation voted in a landmark election on Wednesday. With votes from 60 percent of polling stations counted, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First ...