Fiji

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

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Introduction

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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Golan Heights peacekeeper crisis: Filipinos escape, Fijians taken hostage - The Guardian

Stuff.co.nz

Golan Heights peacekeeper crisis: Filipinos escape, Fijians taken hostage
The Guardian
Al-Qaida-linked insurgents are still holding 44 Fijian troops captive. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in a crisis that erupted on Thursday when Syrian rebels began ...
Fiji prays for captured UN peacekeepersStuff.co.nz
UN, Fiji say no word on location of peacekeepers abducted in Golan HeightsReuters
Ban assures FijiFiji Times
Jerusalem Post -International Business Times -Macleans.ca
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Fiji 'progressing well' towards election - SBS

Fiji 'progressing well' towards election
SBS
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is confident Fiji's coming elections will be a success and vindicate Australia's controversial move to rekindle ties with the military-led nation. Fiji will hold elections on September 17, the first since the country's ...
Fiji may return to Pacific Islands ForumIndian NewsLink

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44 Fijian Soldiers Held Captive by Rebels in Syria - ABC News

USA TODAY

44 Fijian Soldiers Held Captive by Rebels in Syria
ABC News
Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said he's been informed his soldiers are unharmed, although he hasn't been able to contact them directly. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III said that while the situation was tense, there was no reason ...
Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan HeightsUSA TODAY
Going GolanFiji Times
45 captured Fiji soldiers in 'good health', says army chiefScoop.co.nz (press release)

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Photo shows captured Fiji soldiers unharmed - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz

Photo shows captured Fiji soldiers unharmed
Stuff.co.nz
An al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group has this morning tweeted a picture of at least 38 of the 44 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner at an unknown location. The soldiers, part of a United Nations border monitoring force, were captured without a ...



Fiji seeks release of UN peacekeepers abducted on Syrian side of Golan ... - ABC Online

Fiji seeks release of UN peacekeepers abducted on Syrian side of Golan ...
ABC Online
Fiji seeks release of UN peacekeepers abducted on Syrian side of Golan Heights, as Philippines soldiers escape. Updated September 01, 2014 09:55:22. UN peacekeepers picture posted on Twitter Photo: Islamist Nusra Front has released this unverified ...



UN demands release of captured Fijian soldiers - Fiji Times

UN demands release of captured Fijian soldiers
Fiji Times
THE Fijian public has been reassured by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that no expense will be spared in attempting to locate and aid Fijian peacekeepers currently held captive by a militant group in the Golan Heights. At a press ...

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Unconfirmed location concerns Fiji military - Fiji Times

Unconfirmed location concerns Fiji military
Fiji Times
Update: 2:02PM NEGOTIATIONS for the release of 44 captured Fijian peacekeepers have yet to bear fruit with the military saying this morning they are very concerned that the soldiers exact location remains unconfirmed. But Military Commander ...



Fiji's election: Women make their mark - The Interpreter

Fiji's election: Women make their mark
The Interpreter
Lawyers, entrepreneurs, academics and civil servants are some of the female candidates standing in Fiji's upcoming elections. Fijians will vote on 17 September, the first elections since the 2006 military coup. Of the 249 approved candidates, 44 are women.



Fiji: Be sure to pack a smile - New Zealand Herald

Fiji: Be sure to pack a smile
New Zealand Herald
While by the end of our week in Fiji we'd heard the farewell song many more times - from traditional meke performers, school children, our lovely cruise crew and the restaurant staff at our group's last dinner together, not once did we get the feeling ...



Fiji 'falling behind' - Fiji Times

Fiji 'falling behind'
Fiji Times
THE potential of physical infrastructure development cannot be fully realised without the improvement of state policies and regulations, says University of the South Pacific academic Dr Baljeet Singh. Presenting the Fiji Economic Update for 2014 in ...