Politics

‘It is a recipe for disaster ’

Borrowing because of low-interest rates and long grace periods is a recipe for disaster, says Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube. He made this comment while responding to close to $900 million in loans taken...

Tiko: Fiji is like a ‘time bomb’

Fiji is like a “time bomb” now with complaints and frustration from members of the public, says New Generation Party acting leader Varinava Tiko. Mr Tiko said the onus was on the next political party that comes into power to manage these issues. “If a new party comes into power and doesn’t manage the stress...

Pacific leaders congratulate Labor’s Albanese on election result

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Solomon Islands has congratulated Australia’s Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, on his election victory, saying much “remains to be done” in the bilateral relationship, as Pacific islands neighbour Fiji welcomed the party’s climate policies. Albanese said he would be sworn in as the 31st prime minister on Monday along with four senior...

Extraction not to affect ‘country’

Government will “as much as possible over the long-term” ensure extraction and export of groundwater is not “over extracted” and affect “our people and country”. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate said this while responding to Opposition MP Simione Rasova’s question in Parliament on how Government could better assist companies that were involved...

22nd May

Police probe report against political party senior executive

An investigation is underway into a report that was lodged at the Totogo Police Station against a senior executive of a political party. According to Police, the complainant, a former member of the same party alleged that the suspect swore at him during a party meeting last Wednesday at their head office in Suva. Police...

FLP leader calls for investigation

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called for an investigation against Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who he claims is using the prefect induction ceremonies at schools to campaign. “He did it again at the Natabua High School in Lautoka on Friday,” Mr Chaudhry said. “After the induction ceremony was over, he held a question-and-answer...

Biman: Ministers using State resources

FijiFirst Government ministers are using State resources to force people to hear their campaign promises because no one is willingly going to their meetings, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. “You see all of them driving in the West now, they are inducting prefects from primary school to secondary school, the ministers are...

Tuiteci terminated from SODELPA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has terminated its provincial candidate Seremaia Tuiteci. During a press conference held at the SODELPA headquarters, yesterday, general secretary Lenaitasi Duru said Mr Tuiteci had breached the code of conduct for politicians and political parties. “Because of that, I as general secretary had advised the management board recommending termination...

Economic summit – PA, NFP coalition set plans for 100 days

An economic summit will be held in the first 100 days of The People’s Alliance and National Federation Party-led government. In Lautoka this week, NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said Fiji’s economic challenges needed to be the first issue addressed by the new government. “It’s going to be a tough job because they have run...

‘FijiFirst here for all Fijians’

FijiFirst is here for all Fijians, says party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. While opening the party’s new Nadi branch yesterday, he said the party had proven itself to be the party for all despite what opposing politicians had said. “For the FijiFirst also means treating every Fijian every citizen equally and looking after them all which...

Seruiratu to weigh options

Rural Development Minister Inia Seruiratu will wait for his FijiFirst party before he makes a decision to contest the general election. In an interview with The Fiji Times recently, he said he wouldn’t decide. “That’s for the party to decide,” he said. “If given the opportunity I will still weigh my options.” Mr Seruiratu was...

Biman ‘steadfast’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says he expects his party to be in government after the election with a clear vision to develop the nation. He did not mince his words when he made this known to a crowd in Nadi who’d gathered for a book launch. “We have a vision to make...

21st May

Rabuka’s promise — I will protect them

I will look after them. This was the promise made by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to hundreds of supporters at a campaign meeting in Ba on Thursday night. Mr Rabuka said he made the same promise to former Indian Army Chief General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, his instructor at the Indian Defence Services...

Biman: People will not be fooled

No amount of cosmetic roadworks or promises by the FijiFirst Government will take away the harsh realities faced by the Fijian people under their rule, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign meeting in the West this week, he said the people “will not be fooled”. “Our people understand where we...

PM on ‘asset rich, cash poor’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the work Government has undertaken to develop iTaukei land is a step closer to ending the notion of the iTaukei people being “asset rich and cash poor”. He said this when he officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the iTaukei Land Development Grant in Tavua on Wednesday. “We don’t only...

State ‘out of ideas’

They keep talking about the past. This, according to National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. In Nadi this week, Prof Prasad said the Government was running out of ideas to improve Fijian livelihoods. “We are not going into the past because the people need the solutions to our current issues,” he said. “You know...

Change with me – Rabuka’s plea to Fijians of Indian descent

Change with me. This was the plea by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to a large number of supporters in Ba where the former PM urged Fijians of Indian descent to support their campaign with the National Federation Party in the 2022 General Election. “We pay our respects to the leaders who formed...

20th May

Rabuka to take PM’s role if parties win

The People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party have agreed that Sitiveni Rabuka will be appointed prime minister if they win the 2022 General Election. Mr Rabuka told supporters in Lautoka yesterday that following discussions between their members, both parties agreed that he would take on the role of PM. However, he said, the...

FLP out to ‘get freedom back’

The Fiji Labour Party will fight this year’s election on a platform “to get our freedom back”. Leader Mahendra Chaudhry made the comments at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “We want our freedom back,” he said. “Everything else comes after that. We are all born free men and women and we...

‘Dead corpse’ atmosphere

The atmosphere during elections and campaigning these days is like a “dead corpse”, said Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Mr Chaudhry made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “We used to have robust election campaigns before, but how about now,” he said. “It seems like it’s...

State can ‘bow down to your demands’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said if the sugarcane farmers in Fiji unite, they can force the Government to “bow down to your demands”. He made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “There has been only one party that has worked for you and only one...

‘Please go to the State’s FB page’

Please go to the Government’s Facebook page! You have all the information there that is the source of truth. The plea was made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to the people of Tavua on Wednesday. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum accompanied the PM to the West to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony of the...

Coalition will review MIDA

A National Federation Party and The People’s Alliance government will review the Media Industry Development Act within six months of taking office, said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad at a talanoa session in Sigatoka on Wednesday. He said the MIDA Decree (Act) was a “draconian law”. “We will free the media in this country from...

FF ‘can drown themselves in the past’

The FijiFirst party can “drown themselves in the past” and talk more about the 1987 coup, said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad at a talanoa session in Sigatoka on Wednesday. He said the current Government has “lost direction”. “They are lost far behind,” said Professor Prasad. “They can continue to talk about 1987, they can...

Choice for PM – People’s Alliance, NFP give Rabuka the nod

Sitiveni Rabuka is the People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party’s choice for prime minister should they win the 2022 General Election. The former PM revealed this when questioned during a campaign meeting in Lautoka yesterday. Mr Rabuka said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad’s willingness to work with him was similar to that of...

19th May

NFP will not form a coalition with FijiFirst – Biman

The National Federation Party will not form a coalition or partnership with the FijiFirst party, says its leader, Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Malolo, Nadi on Monday night. “The NFP doesn’t want to partner with a party that has brought this country to its knees,”...

18th May

Anne Tamarei Bolavatu – A keen learner

Success comes to those who seek it diligently — these words have inspired, Anne Tamarei Bolavatu, one of Suva’s budding handicraft vendors. Becoming a businesswoman was never on the 43-year old’s mind when she was growing up in rural Cakaudrove. But being a quick and keen learner, she carved her way to business success by...

Singh: Ministers ‘scurrying’ to Nadi for votes

Aspiring National Federation Party candidate Prem Singh claims Government ministers are “scurrying to Nadi” because of the significant number of Indo-Fijian votes in the Jet Set Town. Speaking at a meeting in Malolo on Monday night, he said there were 33,000 Fijians of Indian descent in Nadi alone. “The elections could be won by National...

FLP attacks A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum ‘campaigning for votes at public expense

The Attorney-General is “campaigning for votes at public expense” by attending prefects’ induction ceremonies at schools, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the same tactics were used by the A-G in the build-up to the 2018 polls. “It is a blatant case of abuse of authority for Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum to be campaigning...

Voter registration drive to begin in NZ this week

Teams from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be travelling to New Zealand tomorrow May 19, 2022 to conduct voter registration. The FEO teams will be travelling to venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The will conclude their registration drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Meanwhile, the FEO teams have provided voter services to 198...

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