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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Drug dogs set for service in Fiji - 3News NZ

3News NZ

Drug dogs set for service in Fiji
3News NZ
Six drug dogs and their handlers graduated from the police dog training centre in Trentham today and will soon be deployed for service in Suva, Fiji. This is the first program of its kind for Fiji where dogs will be embedded at the border as well as in ...

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Fiji PM urges Aust to put neighbours first - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Fiji PM urges Aust to put neighbours first
NEWS.com.au
"(PRIME Minister Tony) Abbott, it is time to put the welfare and survival of your Pacific Island neighbours before the expansion of your existing coal industry," Frank Bainimarama told leaders at the Pacific Island Development Forum meeting in Suva ...
Fiji Report: PM Bainimarama blasts 'coalition of selfish' on climate changeScoop.co.nz (press release)
PM in Fiji for PIDF summitSolomon Star

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$14b man - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

$14b man
Fiji Times
But that's exactly what Digicel founder Denis O'Brien did yesterday afternoon during a tight-scheduled visit to Fiji to meet executives from the region. Though he had only a few hours to spare in the country before flying off on his private jet, Mr O ...



The Chinese in Fiji - Fiji Times

The Chinese in Fiji
Fiji Times
THE Chinese in Fiji is the title of a book that will be launched on Saturday. The book depicts stories of Chinese families in Fiji. According to the president of the Chinese community in Fiji, Jenny Seeto, the book has been in the making since the ...

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All about Fiji - Fiji Times

ITV News

All about Fiji
Fiji Times
THE Vodafone Flying Fijians are not in it for the money but their passion for Fiji, says Fiji Rugby Union boss Radrodro Tabualevu. He said players in the team would still come and represent Fiji even if the money rewards were not there. "A lot of these ...
Rugby World Cup Live: England v FijiITV News
Vodafone Fiji gives additional $100000 to Flying FijiansFijivillage
Hampton Court Palace Ready To Host FijiansFiji Sun Online
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
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Fiji: A reef encounter - New Zealand Herald

Fiji: A reef encounter
New Zealand Herald
We had seen snippets of the real Fiji on our drive down to the Coral Coast - glimpses of village life through the greenery. We saw women selling oranges piled in little towers on the side of the road. Cooking fires burning. Men fishing in the turquoise ...



Rugby: Fiji major threat - Gatland - Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

Rugby: Fiji major threat - Gatland
Otago Daily Times
Gatland is spending countless hours watching footage of fellow Pool A teams, tournament hosts England, two-time champions Australia, Uruguay, and Fiji, and preparing for every potential scenario, after being drawn in what is expected to be the ...
Gatland: Fiji loom as a major threatNew Zealand Herald
Fijian RWC threatFiji Times
Gatland cautious of Fiji World Cup challenge3News NZ
Fiji Sun Online
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Goodwill mission to Fiji - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Goodwill mission to Fiji
Fiji Times
HAVING harboured a desire to give back to the community, a group of women who travelled to the country from Australia decided to do something different for the students of Votualevu Public School in Nadi. The Ladies Task Force Team, who accompanied ...

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Fijian Leads Japan To RWC - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

Fijian Leads Japan To RWC
Fiji Sun Online
Tokyo: Japan rugby head coach Eddie Jones, who took Australia to the 2003 final, has chosen Ra native M... Flying Fijians Arrive In London. post image. The Vodafone Flying Fijians side arrived in London yesterday and will today start their preparation ...

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Fiji PM 'distracts' with overseas plotter threat - SBS

SBS

Fiji PM 'distracts' with overseas plotter threat
SBS
More than 60 people allegedly linked to anti-Muslim separatists have been detained in Fiji, accused of plotting to create a breakaway state on the western part of the main island of Viti Levu. Their supporters in Australia have vowed to fight on and ...
Fiji PM Bainimarama vows to jail overseas dissidents3News NZ
Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama vows to jail dissidents planning to ...ABC Online
Fiji Report: Pacific Scoop student journalist team tackle day one in SuvaScoop.co.nz (press release)
Economic Times -Fiji Sun Online -Fiji Times
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