Politics

PM Bainimarama opens new $142k boardroom for Fiji Rice

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured farmers that the Government remained committed to assisting them. In opening the new board room at Fiji Rice Limited mill at Dreketi in Macuata, Mr Bainimarama said they would assist by tapping into new innovations and they would explore new ways of serving the agricultural sector and hardworking...

SODELPA to seek supporters’ forgiveness

Executives of the reinstated Social Democratic Liberal Party have asked supporters to forgive them “for letting them down”. In a statement, the newly elected party executives said the suspension taught them many valuable lessons, the most important being putting the interest of Fijians first at all times. Signed by party acting president Vijay Singh and...

SODELPA suspension lifted

The suspension of the Social Democratic Liberal Party has been lifted but the party needs to convene a special annual general meeting next month to avoid a “constitutional crisis”. Registrar of political parties Mohammed Saneem said this when he announced the lifting of the suspension yesterday afternoon in a press conference where he also confirmed...

Broken connections: State aid not cognisant of the struggles – FCOSS director

A lot of people living in the Nausori to Navua corridor have not been provided adequate assistance to address basic needs. This, according to a Livelihood Impact Survey conducted by the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) in partnership with Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) and support from the United Nations Development Programme....

SODELPA says will work towards unifying all members

Following the lifting of its suspension, the Social Democratic Liberal Party says it will work towards unifying all its members to present a formidable force in the 2022 polls. The party executives have asked its supporters to forgive them for letting them down. In a statement, party executives stated the suspension had taught them many...

SODELPA suspension lifted with immediate effect; Duituturaga’s GS position official

Emele Duituturaga is now officially the general secretary for the SODELPA party after the party’s suspension was lifted by the Registrar of Political Parties,Mohammmed Saneem, this afternoon. The party will convene a special annual general meeting at the Novotel Convention Centre in  Lami on July 25 since they could not meet on or before June...

Duituturaga gets the nod as new SODELPA general secretary

Emele Duituturaga was appointed the general secretary for the suspended Social Democratic Liberal Party during a special management board meeting held at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday. Ms Duituturaga said although this was the third time, the appointment was now permanent. “The party (suspended) was required to go through a recruitment process and my appointment...

Waqanika: Focus to unsuspend the party

Suspended Social Democratic Liberal Party lawyer Tanya Waqanika says the focus of the special board meeting was to “unsuspend the party” and not about caucus members. “We have the email here if anyone feels that the caucus should be included in the special board meeting, we respect their view and challenge them in court,” Ms...

Fiji ratifies ILO workplace pact

Fiji will have to enforce laws that will stop violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination in the workplace after it ratified the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Violence and Harassment Convention 2019. The convention will enter into force on June 25, 2021. “This convention is timely and highly applicable to address real challenges in the world...

Duituturaga: Party to decide on special general meeting date

Newly-appointed general secretary of the suspended SODELPA party Emele Duituturaga says it was unfortunate they could not have all the members in the room during the meeting today. She said she was thankful for the management board’s confidence in appointing her to this position. Ms Duituturaga said they would now decide on a date for...

Suspended SODELPA tries to resolve differences

The suspended SODELPA party at this hour has tried to resolve its own differences between the two factions presently meeting at the GPH in Suva. After the meeting quorum was formed , Tanya Waqanika and Ratu Epenisa Cakobau approached the other faction of the suspended party that included Sitiveni Rabuka, Ro Filipe Tuisawau and Litiana...

Suspended SODELPA members meet to appoint GS

Members of the suspended SODELPA party are meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva for the appointment of a general secretary. Sitiveni Rabuka said the purpose of this meet was to formally appoint a general secretary so he or she could submit documents to the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. “This is to just...

FBC chief executive responds to “spy camera” allegations

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today responded to recent allegations of his involvement with an individual who claimed to be the administrator of an anti-government page on Facebook. Speaking to journalists, he said that the company was approached by a man who claimed to be one of the administrators of the “Fiji...

USP saga: Aingimea proposes independent organisation for proposed meeting

Nauruan President, Lionel Rouwen Aingimea has proposed that an independent organisation such as DFAT (Australia) or MFAT (New Zealand) to organise the scheduled meeting of the University of the South Pacific (USP) full council meeting rather than having any USP staff support. In a letter to USP’s pro-chancellor and chair of council, Mr Aingimea said...

A-G clears air on Act

Employers cannot use amendments made to the Employment Relations Act to terminate staff members at whim, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said while speaking in Parliament recently. He said the Employment Relations (Amendment) Bill 2020 made it very clear that management would have to prove that an act of God has resulted in them not being able...

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