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Statement from The Prime Minister on suspension of NFP Honourable member Tupou Draunidalo

In Fiji, we unfortunately have a long and unsettling history confronting issues of ethnicity. That history includes the coups of 1987 and 2000 that were justified on ethnic grounds and that drove away many skilled and talented people, retarding our national development and scarring our nation for many years. We have done our best to move away from that tarnished ... Read More »

Malaysia rocked by million-dollar corruption scandal

By WAME VALENTINE Reporting in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia played host to the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) where Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was scheduled to give the opening speech. But Mr Najib was rocked with a multi-million dollar scandal just days before the commencement of the global anti-corruption conference. Tens of thousands of angry protesters clad in yellow tee-shirts ... Read More »

More voted in Fiji than NZ

By ANA VURU The Fijian Elections Office estimates that more people voted in last week’s general election than they did in New Zealand’s national poll last weekend. A statement from the elections office says 83.9 per cent of Fiji’s 591,101 registered voters voted in the 2014 General Election for the country’s new 50-member parliament. Only 0.75 per cent of the ... Read More »

SODELPA, NFP vow to be effective Opposition

By ANA VURU The Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party have vowed to keep the Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst Government in check when Parliament resumes in Fiji after a eight-year hiatus. SODELPA leader Ro Temumu Kepa called a press conference this afternoon and extended her sincere thanks to the people of Fiji for casting their votes ... Read More »

Fiji poll turnout put at 84 per cent

By ANA VURU The Fijian Elections Office said voter turnout for last Wednesday’s general election after eight years was 84 per cent with almost 500,000 ballots cast. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama ainimarama alone won more than 200,000 votes, and, when other candidates from his party were added, Fiji First won 294,000 votes, or 59 per cent of the total. Sodelpa ... Read More »

Bainimarama sworn in as Fijian PM

By ANA VURU   Fiji’s eighth Prime Minister since Independence in 1970, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama has been sworn into office on the day he led his FijiFirst party to a 33-seat victory in the 2014 General Election. He took the oath of office of Prime Minister before President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and promised to “be faithful and bear ... Read More »

Academic sheds light on Fijian vote trends

By ANA VURU A respected Fijian academic says there are indications that more Indo-Fijians voted for the FijiFirst party in the 2014 General Election than they did for the Fiji Labour Party in the 2006 elections. Dr Wadan Narsey puts his rough estimate of Indo-Fijian votes for the FijiFirst party at more than 85 per cent. In his blog, the ... Read More »

FijiFirst holds thanksgiving service

By ANA VURU Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama vowed on Sunday to govern for all Fijians as his FijiFirst party looked set to grab 32 seats in the Fijian general election. He made the comment at a FijiFirst thanksgiving church service at Suva’s ANZ Stadium, which was attended by party executives, candidates, party workers, volunteers and supporters. There was even a ... Read More »

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