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 says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights
USA TODAY
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military confirmed Friday that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the soldiers ...
44 Fijian Soldiers Held Captive by Rebels in SyriaABC News
Fiji says UN peacekeepers detained in Golan are safeDeutsche Welle
UN: 43 Fijian peacekeepers seized in SyriaFiji Times
Stuff.co.nz -The Daily Star
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Airline glitch: Auck-Fiji for $0 - New Zealand Herald

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

Airline glitch: Auck-Fiji for $0
New Zealand Herald
A wedding celebration in February will be without the Kumars and extended family after free flights offered by Fiji Airways were cancelled. A couple and their extended family will miss a relative's wedding in Fiji after an airline mistakenly offered ...
Family miss wedding after airline in $0 fare glitchMackay Daily Mercury

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Ebola risk to Fiji low - Fiji Times

Ebola risk to Fiji low
Fiji Times
THE risk of the Ebola virus coming into Fiji is low, says the World Health Organization. WHO emerging disease surveillance and response, division of Pacific technical support Eric Nilles said Ebola would have to be imported, that is sick people coming ...



Farrington prepares to display designs at show - Fiji Times

Farrington prepares to display designs at show
Fiji Times
WHEN Australian fashion designer Tracey Farrington arrived in Fiji three years ago, she knew entering a foreign clothing market would not be a walk in the park. After launching her Bondi Beach Bag Company line at the New Nadi's Farmers Club, Ms ...

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Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe' - Fiji Times

Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe'
Fiji Times
Update: 10:20AM THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces has confirmed that the 43 Fijian soldiers captured in the Golan Heights by a militant rebel group are safe. In a press conference this morning, RFMF Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said ...



How Fiji outsmarted Australia - The Interpreter

How Fiji outsmarted Australia
The Interpreter
Last Friday Fijian Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama began his first visit to Australia since taking power in 2006. In response to the 2006 coup, Canberra had imposed travel bans for all members of the Fijian government. These were abandoned ...
Fiji 'outsmarts' AustraliaRadio Australia

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UN calls for immediate release of Fijian men - Fiji Times

UN calls for immediate release of Fijian men
Fiji Times
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the detention of 43 Fijian soldiers serving in the Golan Heights by armed elements and called for their immediate release. Mr Ban reminded all actors involved that the UN Disengagement Observer Force is ...



Vodafone Fiji and TCC Sign Strategic Partnership - The Jet Newspaper

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

Vodafone Fiji and TCC Sign Strategic Partnership
The Jet Newspaper
Tonga Communications Corporation and Vodafone Fiji have signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan Telecommunication Company to leverage the extensive industry experience of Vodafone Fiji. Vodafone Fiji CEO, Mr. Pradeep Lal ...
Companies sign dealFiji Times
Vodafone partners with TCCFiji Broadcasting Corporation

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Fiji: 'One of those elections with a shotgun at your head' - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Fiji: 'One of those elections with a shotgun at your head'
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Anticipation is building in Fiji ahead of next month's general election but the country's expatriate community living abroad is showing little interest. Despite many registration drives, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism, only a fraction of Fijians ...



Filipino peacekeepers in Syria ready to fight, as UN searches for Fiji troops - Taipei Times

Filipino peacekeepers in Syria ready to fight, as UN searches for Fiji troops
Taipei Times
Talks were under way to free a separate group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been taken hostage by the anti-Damascus fighters, officials said. The UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the assaults against the peacekeepers, which it said were ...