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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One-stop flights from Philippines to Fiji set - Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net

One-stop flights from Philippines to Fiji set
Inquirer.net
The South Pacific nation Fiji just got closer to the Philippines. Fiji Airways and Jetstar on Thursday announced the launch of an interline partnership to provide seamless, single ticket air travel from the Philippines to Fiji, and onwards in the South ...
Fiji Airways and Jetstar reveal new interline collaborationTTG Asia
Fiji Airways, Jetstar forge interline partnership leveraging Singapore hubTHE BUSINESS TIMES
Fiji Airways signs agreement with JetstarFiji Times
Travel Daily Media (press release) (registration) (blog) -Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
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Key to make official visit to Fiji - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Key to make official visit to Fiji
Radio New Zealand
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were all but frozen after the coup and only restored after Fiji followed through on promised elections in 2014. Mr Key met Mr Bainimarama in New York last September, when both were at the United Nations ...
Fiji government regards private sector as a vital partner in national development - PMFijivillage
Fiji offers helpFiji Times
Women's Movement Lauds PM's StatementFiji Sun Online

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Fiji going all out as hosts to make big impact on Oceania Weightlifting Championships - ABC Online

Fiji Times

Fiji going all out as hosts to make big impact on Oceania Weightlifting Championships
ABC Online
The Oceania Weightlifting Championships hosted by Fiji reach the mid-point today, with the Pacific nations battling for a top five spot that would open the way for them to send lifters to the Rio Olympics. The Fiji Government has invested some $350,000 ...
Lifters Call For SupportFiji Sun Online
Young weight-lifters win gold for FijiFiji Times
Malani wins bronze in the 48kg categoryFijivillage

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Why Fiji: Osborne - Fiji Sun Online

Why Fiji: Osborne
Fiji Sun Online
The devastating cyclone which hit Fiji in February was the catalyst for Osborne to decide to wear Fijian colours in the future. According to Otago Daily Times, Osborne (28) made plenty of movements off the field earlier this month, when he signed to ...



Fijians celebrate win - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Fijians celebrate win
Fiji Times
THOUSANDS of rugby fans turned up at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday to celebrate a milestone achievement by the Vodafone Fiji 7s team who returned from the London 7s as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions. The back to back feat ...
Thousands greet victorious Fiji, Olympics up nextDaily Mail
Fiji 7s team arrives home to a joyful receptionFijivillage
RBF now expects better 2.4% growth this yearFiji Sun Online

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British army resumes recruiting in Fiji - The Guam Daily Post (press release) (registration)

British army resumes recruiting in Fiji
The Guam Daily Post (press release) (registration)
SUVA – The British Army is resuming recruitment of Fijian soldiers after a lapse of nine years. Fijians have a long and proud history in the British Armed Forces, having made their mark in some of the most volatile parts of the world, including the ...



Fiji: Growing a Renewable Energy Industry while Expanding Electricity Access - World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Fiji: Growing a Renewable Energy Industry while Expanding Electricity Access
World Bank Group
Suva, Fiji, May 24, 2016 – The Lal family live in Nakasi, a town about 30 minutes' drive from of Suva, capital of Fiji. While many Fijians do not consider this a 'rural' area, they are a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the closest electricity grid ...

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Fiji 'stars' of sevens rugby - Fiji Times

Fiji 'stars' of sevens rugby
Fiji Times
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series' Paris and London 7s closed an exciting season in the annual tournament. The France and England legs lived up to expectation with their glamour and fame, coupled with the trademarks of these two great nations.

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Jarryd Hayne and Fiji take World Series title but Scotland win London Sevens - The Guardian

The Guardian

Jarryd Hayne and Fiji take World Series title but Scotland win London Sevens
The Guardian
Hayne made the Fiji squad a week after his surprise “retirement” from the NFL. Used as a substitute throughout the event – though not in the semi-final defeat by South Africa – he said: “At the moment, I'm behind the eight ball and I've got no problem ...
Watch Jarryd Hayne make an incredible tackle while playing for Fiji's Sevens team - as coach says he faces a 'near ...Daily Mail
No major celebrations for Fiji 7s team as the focus is on the Rio OlympicsFijivillage
Wallaby legend George Gregan not surprised by Jarryd Hayne's poor sevens debutdailytelegraph.com.au
The Sydney Morning Herald -Fiji Sun Online -Radio New Zealand
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3 Fijian lifters fail to win medals - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

3 Fijian lifters fail to win medals
Fijivillage
The three Fijian lifters participating in the 69kg Senior category in the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship failed to win any medals. William Bucknell was injured during his lifts and was prevented by the doctors to lift any further. Tevita Tawai ...

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