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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Cyclone Winston predicted to hit Fiji's southern Lau group - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Cyclone Winston predicted to hit Fiji's southern Lau group
Radio New Zealand
Fiji's Southern Lau group is expected to experience its second category three cyclone of the year within the next few days. In the first week of January Cyclone Ula crossed the Lau group causing minor damage. The Director of Meteorology said Cyclone ...
Tropical cyclone alert for Southern LauFiji Times
Occasional rain and thunderstorms expected todayFijivillage

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Fiji's flirtation with Russia a legacy of post-coup freeze-out - The Australian (subscription) (blog)

The Australian (subscription) (blog)

Fiji's flirtation with Russia a legacy of post-coup freeze-out
The Australian (subscription) (blog)
There are echoes of this reaction in some of the reporting on Russian arms reaching Fiji late last month, and last week's arrival in Suva of a 10-member team from Russia's armed forces to help with the transfer of the weapons and train local ...



'Drunk' SA diplomat in Fiji crash dies - Independent Online

'Drunk' SA diplomat in Fiji crash dies
Independent Online
Cape Town - A Fijian family's hopes of seeing justice served after their eldest son and breadwinner was killed by an allegedly drunk driver have come crashing down following the death of the driver, a South African diplomat. Department of International ...

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Fiji's weaponry no concern for NZ, PM says - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Fiji's weaponry no concern for NZ, PM says
Radio New Zealand
Both Suva and Moscow said the weapons were for Fiji's UN peacekeepers who were operating in volatile areas like the Golan Heights and Sinai. Mr Key said he was not particularly worried about the arms shipment. "It depends on what that weaponry is going ...
Russia sells $19M in arms to FijiNewshub (blog)

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All clear for Vanuatu as Winston sets sights on Fiji - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

All clear for Vanuatu as Winston sets sights on Fiji
Radio New Zealand
Vanuatu's southern Tafea province has been given the all clear as tropical cyclone Winston moves away from the country, but it now looks like it will curve back up towards Fiji. The category four cyclone, with winds of close to 165 kilometres an hour ...
Winston 'no threat'Fiji Times
Travel Alert: Cyclone headed towards FijiTravelweek (press release) (blog)
Indirect effects of tropical cyclone expected in many parts of FijiFijivillage

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Fiji agrees to Paris Agreement - Fiji Times

Fiji Times

Fiji agrees to Paris Agreement
Fiji Times
PARLIAMENT unanimously agreed on Friday for Fiji to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. The agreement followed a motion by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who informed Parliament that United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon ...



South Africa's alleged drunk driving diplomat dies, ends extradition standoff with Fiji - Times LIVE

Times LIVE

South Africa's alleged drunk driving diplomat dies, ends extradition standoff with Fiji
Times LIVE
Theo Mostert, corporate services manager at the South African high commission in Suva, Fiji, evaded prosecution after being recalled to South Africa. His death is a blow for the family of 26-year-old Ashneel Singh who were determined to put political ...



Futsal Whites down Fiji - New Zealand Football

New Zealand Football

Futsal Whites down Fiji
New Zealand Football
New Zealand got back to winning ways at the OFC Futsal Championship on Friday, claiming a 3-1 victory over hosts Fiji at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. First half goals from Tai Barham and Dylan Manickum paved the way to the result with Lucas Da Silva ...
Fiji FA set to put more development into futsalFiji Times
Kurukuru Too StrongFiji Sun Online
Futsal side loses to NZFijivillage

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Konrote hails China's contribution to Fiji - Fijivillage

Fijivillage

Konrote hails China's contribution to Fiji
Fijivillage
President, Jioji Konrote says Fiji has benefited significantly from a unique relationship with the government of China in terms of development projects that are being carried out in Fiji. While speaking at the Chinese New Year celebrations at Yat Sen ...
Fiji's president celebrates Spring Festival with Chinese FijiansShanghai Daily (subscription)
President on reducing NCDsFiji Times

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AMD Graphics Guru Teases Dual-GPU Fiji Card For Radeon R9 Fury X2 - Tech Times

Tech Times

AMD Graphics Guru Teases Dual-GPU Fiji Card For Radeon R9 Fury X2
Tech Times
AMD is working on delivering a flagship board GPU codenamed Gemini that should come with two full-fledged Fiji XT GPUs. The OEM did not reveal the official name of the dual Fiji XT, so we are just going to refer to it as Fury X2. The new flagship ...

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