Fiji

Country Fiji
Capital Suva
Continent Australia-Oceania
Currency Fijian dollar(FJD)
Languages English, Fijian & Fiji Hindi

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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 rugby coach given incredible gift for winning Olympic gold medal - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Fiji rugby coach given incredible gift for winning Olympic gold medal
NEWS.com.au
Ryan was last week awarded Fiji's highest honour for coaching the South Pacific nation's rugby sevens side to its historic gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Tens of thousands of Fijians cheered and many openly wept as they braved heavy rain to attend a ...
Fiji gift sevens coach Ben Ryan land and make him chief as Olympics gold medal celebrations continueStuff.co.nz
Fiji pulling out all the stops to keep Ryan Today at 11:55 AM Olympic MensARU Rugby
Fiji rugby coach made a chief, given land for gold medalThe Mercury News
The Independent -Radio New Zealand -Courier Mail
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Project looks to reduce tomato damage in Fiji - ABC Online

Project looks to reduce tomato damage in Fiji
ABC Online
Tomatoes are an important source of income for many Fijian farmers but the tropical climate can make the fruit difficult to store. So Fiji National University lecturer Salesh Kumar has been investigating what causes damage to tomatoes en route from ...



Promoting Greater Access To Justice - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Times

Promoting Greater Access To Justice
Fiji Sun Online
Access to justice is one of the most important pillars of our democracy enshrined under the Fijian Constitution. And the Legal Aid Commission has been at the forefront in “Promoting Greater Access to Justice for all Fijians” to ensure that the ...
$17m funding to enhance justice systemFiji Times
AG calls on justice institutions to jealously guard their independenceFijivillage

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$320K 5-Year Damodar Naming Deal - Fiji Sun Online

Fijivillage

$320K 5-Year Damodar Naming Deal
Fiji Sun Online
From left: Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey, Damodar Group chief executive officer Div Damodar and Fiji Sports Council chief executive officer Litiana Loabuka during the naming rights renewal yesterday. Photo: Justine Mannan.
Damodar Group of Companies continue naming rights sponsorship of National Aquatic CentreFijivillage

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Fijian prop Peni Ravai making mark with Southland Stags in New Zealand - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz

Fijian prop Peni Ravai making mark with Southland Stags in New Zealand
Stuff.co.nz
Ravai's love of rugby started at a very early age in Fiji as him and his family and friends organised their own games. "It's not like kids playing [in New Zealand]. We just used old coconuts, plastic bottles, and chucked it around in the village. "It ...



William Koong: The Quiet Achiever | Fiji Sun - Fiji Sun Online

Fiji Sun Online

William Koong: The Quiet Achiever | Fiji Sun
Fiji Sun Online
He is one of the men working tirelessly behind the scenes in the Fiji rugby 7s camp. He started out 14 years ago in the 15s code. But since 2008...
Fans meet heroesFiji Times

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No More Worry For Wati - Fiji Sun Online

No More Worry For Wati
Fiji Sun Online
The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management is working closely with Fiji's rural communities to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to be economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable ...

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name - OlympicTalk (blog)

OlympicTalk (blog)

Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name
OlympicTalk (blog)
Olympic coaches don't receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men's rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway. Ryan's reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens' Olympic debut — included three ...

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Collision Claims Man's Life, Sister Mourns | Fiji Sun - Fiji Sun Online

Collision Claims Man's Life, Sister Mourns | Fiji Sun
Fiji Sun Online
Luisa Mary Wilson, 61, was shocked yesterday by the sad news of her brother's death when she visited him in his home in Wailekutu. Her Brother, Timoci ...

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Nauru darts team to play in Fiji - Fiji Times

Nauru darts team to play in Fiji
Fiji Times
AN EIGHT-member team from Eragow Darts Club in Nauru has been in the country for the past three weeks competing against some Fijian clubs. The visitors met the President's Selection during the weekend. The selection comprised players from the Suva ...