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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Commonwealth talks - Fiji Times

Commonwealth talks
Fiji Times
FIJI and the UK have had talks about Fiji's return to the Commonwealth this week. Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth in September 2009 because it had demanded that Fiji commit, by September 1, 2009 to resuming negotiations with the opposition ...



Ready to serve - Fiji Times

Ready to serve
Fiji Times
Being a role model as a Fijian and striding forward for a better future for our country. Once I become the next Hibiscus King, it will be my duty to serve the people of Fiji not only through what I will be advocating on but also other issues like ...



High risk cases - Fiji Times

High risk cases
Fiji Times
Fiji Red Cross Society manager programs Salanieta Toganivalu Lesuma, left, director general Filipe Nainoca and QBE Insurance Fiji general manager Matthew Kearns and colleagues at the partnership signing in Suva yesterday. Picture: KIMBERLEY ...



Waratahs to stay true to running game - Fiji Times

Waratahs to stay true to running game
Fiji Times
Update: 3:45PM Coach Michael Cheika insists the NSW Waratahs will not veer from running rugby, no matter what the conditions, in what promises to be a brutal Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies tonight. Barring bad weather, the Waratahs' finals ...

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Fiji police chief assures all complaints investigated - Radio New Zealand

Fiji police chief assures all complaints investigated
Radio New Zealand
The Fiji Times reports Mr Groenewald saying he would ensure justice to all those whose complaints had not been addressed, and he is ready to reopen cases if they merit further investigation. The paper says Mr Groenewald made these comments after the ...



Jones locks in Fiji International - Golf Australia

Golf Australia

Jones locks in Fiji International
Golf Australia
Australian Brendan Jones is the latest player to confirm his place at the inaugural Fiji International to be played from 14-17 August. With 13 titles to his name Jones is one of the most prolific winners on the Japan Tour and is set to compete in Fiji ...

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Million-dollar man - Fiji Times

Million-dollar man
Fiji Times
FIJI football star Roy Krishna is now valued at more than a million dollar by a German-based football website. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Krishna, who plays professional football for the A-league club Wellington Phoenix, is worth 352,000 pounds ...



University of Arizona FIJI fraternity members plead not guilty - KVOA Tucson News

University of Arizona FIJI fraternity members plead not guilty
KVOA Tucson News
TUCSON - The University of Arizona FIJI fraternity members who face criminal charges have all pleaded "not guilty." News 4 Tucson was first to tell you how police cited seven members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity following an investigation into the ...

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Police promise probe - Fiji Times

Police promise probe
Fiji Times
POLICE Commissioner Ben Groenewald has assured Fiji he will investigate all complaints against government and police, including those who Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama previously said he would stand by. Mr Groenewald said ...
Fiji PM's FijiFirst party nominees announcedRadio New Zealand

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Poverty and justice - Fiji Times

Poverty and justice
Fiji Times
Fiji as a whole, reduced from 35 to 31 per cent. Given the declining agricultural output in the sugar and non-sugar sectors, one can say confidently that rural poverty would have increased steadily through this entire period, both under the Qarase and ...