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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Fiji sugar factory worker hospitalised after falling into boiling liquid - ABC Online

ABC Online

Fiji sugar factory worker hospitalised after falling into boiling liquid
ABC Online
A Fijian sugar mill worker has been hospitalised and is in a serious condition after he slipped and fell into a tank of boiling liquid the second accident at the Rarawai sugar mill in a week. Last week, a man was killed while trying to clean a ...
Need for closureFiji Times
Man in hospital after sustaining burns at the Rarawai Sugar MillFijivillage
Mill incident victim stable says KhanFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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The Four Navies Of Fiji - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

The Four Navies Of Fiji
Fiji Sun Online
Republic of Fiji Navy celebrated its 40 years of its existence. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was the chief guest attending the auspicious event. This week, we continue bringing the special edition of history of the Fiji Navy through the eyes of ...
Litter issue a concernFiji Times
Prime Minister disgusted with litter problems in FijiFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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A rugby column: It's Fiji vs Samoa for Pacific title - New Straits Times Online

New Straits Times Online

A rugby column: It's Fiji vs Samoa for Pacific title
New Straits Times Online
THE Pacific Nations tournament comes to a conclusion on Monday when Fiji and Samoa front up in Sacramento in what should be another tight final. That there's little separating the two is evident from the 30-30 draw when they met in the round-robin ...
Sport : Manu Samoa will have to step up against FijiRadio New Zealand
Fiji set to settle score against SamoaFiji Times
Hard-Fought WinFiji Sun Online
Rugbyweek.com -The Jet Newspaper
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Giants of Fiji soccer - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Giants of Fiji soccer
Fiji Times
The soccer crazy town of Fiji was unlucky not to grab the first giants' trophy at home after the star-studded Men in Black lost to Nadi in the final, to a Rusiate Waqa goal in the dying minutes of the match. But in the second-year of the BOG, Ba ...
Lions RoarFiji Sun Online
Rewa holds Labasa in BOG thrillerFijivillage
Tiwa nets second goalFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Samoa to face Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup final after semi-final drama - SkySports

SkySports

Samoa to face Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup final after semi-final drama
SkySports
Samoa scored a last-gasp try to defeat Canada 21-20 and set up a Pacific Nations Cup final showdown with Fiji in Toronto. The Samoans looked to be slipping to a surprise defeat after Canada's Sale Sharks wing Phil Mackenzie raced over for an ...
Taulafo try propels Samoa past Canada and into Pacific Nations final against FijiSouth China Morning Post (subscription)
Fiji hangs on to edge Japan in rugby thriller at Pacific Nations Cup tournamentWinnipeg Free Press
Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to FijiThe Japan Times
SBS -Radio New Zealand
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ANALYSIS: Fiji Scores 8 Out Of 10 In Election Assessment - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

ANALYSIS: Fiji Scores 8 Out Of 10 In Election Assessment
Fiji Sun Online
Participating countries ended a democracy and elections workshop in Nadi yesterday with a fair idea on how they rate themselves. The preliminary draft used for discussion purpose showed Fiji scored 0.6 out of 1, one of the highest scores. That score ...
FEO and International IDEA sign MOU for cooperationFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Fiji's military commander resigns after only 18 months - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Fiji's military commander resigns after only 18 months
Radio New Zealand
The commander of Fiji's military, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga, has resigned after only eighteen months in the job. Mosese Tikoitoga. Photo: AFP. The president has appointed Captain Viliame Naupoto as acting commander with immediate effect.
RFMF Commander Tikoitoga resignsFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Dumbing down Fiji - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Dumbing down Fiji
Fiji Times
Rugby lovers ... the crowd at Nadovu grounds last weekend. According to the writer, the Fiji public is incredibly obsessed with watching and discussing rugby and all aspects of the game; the players, coaches, strategies, games, and performances. Picture:.



Birthday celebrations for the sick children - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Birthday celebrations for the sick children
Fiji Times
Update: 2:47PM WOWS Kids Fiji today celebrated the birthdays of children born in July and August with activities organised by Athletics Fiji and the Fiji Rugby Union. Six children, their families and friends celebrated their birthdays with sports ...



Cricket Fiji needs $900k for 2016 U19 World Cup - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Cricket Fiji needs $900k for 2016 U19 World Cup
Fiji Times
An assistance of more than $500,000 will be sought from the Government to be able to fund the tour and $367,000 to be provided from Cricket Fiji's end. The Government allocation of $500,000 however has yet to be approved by Cabinet. Other than this ...