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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Latest Fiji expulsion "reeks of authoritarianism" - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Latest Fiji expulsion "reeks of authoritarianism"
Radio New Zealand
She said the acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, was responsible yet he as Minister for the Economy also tells the world Fiji is great for business. Ms Draunidalo said Ms Seaton's deportation comes on top of the deportation ...
US woman was deported for swearing at President but her supporters say it was relating to a land lawFijivillage
Immigration sheds lightFiji Times

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Fiji opposition concerned about PM's app launch - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Fiji opposition concerned about PM's app launch
Radio New Zealand
The app, which promises to be able to recharge a phone without a charger, has been described as a con, and Sodelpa said the negative publicity about the launch in Suva has gone viral, bringing criticism and mockery on the government of Fiji. Speaking ...
Fiji's punch in world of sportFiji Times
PM urges governments to invest in sportFijivillage

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Academic says Fiji land laws that could force out foreigners are destabilising - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Academic says Fiji land laws that could force out foreigners are destabilising
Radio New Zealand
A New Zealand based academic says land laws that could force non-residents to sell properties in Fiji will deter foreign investment. Methodist church in Nadi, Fiji. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades. A 2014 law change required foreigners who owned vacant ...



Fiji travel ban mounted by frightened landowners - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Fiji travel ban mounted by frightened landowners
Radio New Zealand
The Fiji Landowners Association said many foreign landowners were having to sell off their land cheaply to avoid hefty fines brought in with changes to the Land Sales Act two years ago. The association's founder, Dave Rand, said the landowners had been ...



Fiji: A darker side of paradise - Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Fiji: A darker side of paradise
Amnesty International
Famed for white-sand beaches and sweeping views of turquoise water, Fiji is known as a holiday destination. But a decade after the 2006 coup, the military remains in control of key institutions, including the police, with a militarization of the ...
Torturous dark side of island paradiseNEWS.com.au
Fiji Sodelpa leader welcomes Amnesty reportRadio New Zealand
Fiji's police and military using torture with 'near impunity', Amnesty saysThe Guardian
Deutsche Welle -Fijivillage -The Wire -Box
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Sports Journalists Reminded Of Their Roles - Fiji Sun Online

Sports Journalists Reminded Of Their Roles
Fiji Sun Online
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016. Weather Fiji, Suva Max 30°C, Min 23°C. Fiji Sun. Fiji Sun · Viti Foods · NEWS · Election · Government · Politics · Christmas Treat. post image. Children from three different orphanages in Suva were treated to dinner by MHCC ...
New NCC sponsorFiji Times

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Fiji beats Tahiti in FIBA U18 Oceania Basketball Championship - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

Fiji beats Tahiti in FIBA U18 Oceania Basketball Championship
Fijivillage
The Fiji U18 Women's team also won their match last night against Tahiti 56-29, this is also the first win for the Fiji women's team after losing to Samoa in their first match 47-26. Meanwhile, the U18 Fiji women's team will play Australia at 4pm today ...
Fiji victoryFiji Times

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Former Fiji 7s coach passes away - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

Former Fiji 7s coach passes away
Fijivillage
The Vodafone Fiji 7s team has sent its condolences from Cape Town in South Africa and Interim coach, Nacani Cawanibuka says the team was truly saddened to hear the news of Eddie Waqa's passing. Cawanibuka says Eddie Waqa will be missed by the ...

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Landowner deported from Fiji speaks out - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Landowner deported from Fiji speaks out
Radio New Zealand
A Canadian woman forced out of Fiji after presenting her view on new land ownership rules has spoken out about her ordeal. Karen Seaton holds a Fiji residency permit, but was deported just hours after appearing before a parliamentary select committee ...
Fiji deports US citizenFiji Times
US citizen who verbally abused the President deported by the Immigration DepartmentFijivillage

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From Fiji to Sweden: how a Scottish cricket coach taught the world to play - The Guardian

The Guardian

From Fiji to Sweden: how a Scottish cricket coach taught the world to play
The Guardian
Siller has been the national cricket coach of Rwanda, Austria, Fiji and Sweden and the assistant coach of Canada. The Scotsman's life has been dominated by cricket and the sport remains his passion. “When I'm asked to describe myself, I just say cricket.