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 does better on MDGs - Islands Business

Fiji does better on MDGs
Islands Business
SUVA, Fiji ---- Though Pacific Islands have mixed results with trying to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Fiji has performed a bit better. Fiji's permanent representative to the UN Peter Thomson said while Fiji had done well compared to ...



Fiji Labour Party calls for Electoral commission resignation - Islands Business

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Fiji Labour Party calls for Electoral commission resignation
Islands Business
SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji's Labour Party remains unconvinced about the Electoral Commission's independence calling for their resignation if they are not able to carry out their duties independently. Labour Party president Lavinia Padarath said the commission ...
4 registered political parties seek changes to ballot paperFijivillage
FLP decries drop in living standardsFiji Times

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Nathan Hughes considers options as Fiji, Samoa and England target Wasps No 8 - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Nathan Hughes considers options as Fiji, Samoa and England target Wasps No 8
Daily Mail
Wasps No 8 Nathan Hughes is considering whether to commit his international future to England, Fiji or Samoa. The 22-year-old will be eligible to play for England in two years' time and his recent powerful performances have caught the eye of Stuart ...
Aviva Premiership: Wasps star Nathan Hughes could play for EnglandSkySports
Hughes weighs up international futureESPNScrum.com

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Fiji and Kazakhstan to work on Development Cooperation - The Jet Newspaper

Fiji and Kazakhstan to work on Development Cooperation
The Jet Newspaper
The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Indonesia and Special Envoy, H.E. Mr Askhat T Orazbay paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in Suva this morning ...
Kazakstan and Fiji talk about aidRadio New Zealand

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Strong wind warning remains in force for parts of Fiji - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

Strong wind warning remains in force for parts of Fiji
Fijivillage
A strong wind warning remains in force for south-west Viti Levu waters, Kadavu passage, southern Koro Sea and southern Lau waters. A frontal system lies slow moving over Fiji. It is expected to affect the group until tonight. Occasional rain, possibly ...
Jetty inspectionsFiji Times

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Sport: Fiji and Vanuatu forge closer ties in sport - Radio New Zealand

Sport: Fiji and Vanuatu forge closer ties in sport
Radio New Zealand
Fiji has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Vanuatu to develop the sporting sectors in both countries. Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto highlighted the importance of sports towards reducing Non Communicable Diseases. He says ...



Warm reception and friendliness amaze show stars - Fiji Times

Warm reception and friendliness amaze show stars
Fiji Times
"It's my first time to Fiji and my first reaction is I can't believe how friendly the people are over here," the popular singer said. "I am looking forward to delivering some romantic Bollywood songs to my Fijian fans." Funny man Wadhwani said he was ...



Six charged in Fiji for alleged gang rape - Radio New Zealand

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Six charged in Fiji for alleged gang rape
Radio New Zealand
Fiji police have charged six people, including three juveniles, over the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old student in Rakiraki. All six, including four teenagers, have been charged with one count of rape each. An attempt to seek forgiveness by the ...
Sex shockFiji Times
6 appear in court for alleged rape of 16-year-oldFijivillage
Six charged with rapeFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Wagah border recreated in Fiji for 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' - Times of India

Times of India

Wagah border recreated in Fiji for 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore'
Times of India
A rallying call for patriotism for some and derided as just another symbol of jingoism, by others, the Wagah border remains a lynchpin of our national identity. But its days of glory are a recent development and when India and Pakistan first came to ...



NZ Anglicans deny huge Fiji land sale - The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post

NZ Anglicans deny huge Fiji land sale
The Dominion Post
All they will say is that they have not sold the 2210 hectares in Fiji for A$9.3 million (NZ$10 million) to the sinking Pacific nation of Kiribati - but a lot of other people seem to believe they have. Fiji's military regime believes the land has been ...