Politics

A-G announces 20 proposed FijiFirst candidates

FijiFirst Party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has announced 20 proposed candidates for the 2022 General Elections at Brown Street, Suva today. Among them is former Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral (Ret’d)...

People’s Alliance party to tone down political activities for FICAC investigation

The People’s Alliance (PA) party will tone down its political activities for the rest of the week to allow the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) to clear the areas of concern it is investigating in relation to the FijiFirst party complaint. The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said his interview with FICAC yesterday...

Make the right decision – Naidu

Nadi lawyer and National Federation Party provisional candidate Dorsami Naidu has called on Fijians to make the right decision, to consider their ongoing struggles, and to think about their future and that of their children as the country heads toward the 2022 polls. He also reminded people not to forget the unfulfilled promises and incomplete...

Actress, activist Nazanin Boniadi speaks out after Mahsa Amini death, Iran protests

(Reuters) – Iranian-born Hollywood actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi said more has to be done to protect the rights of women in Iran as security forces crack down on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Amini, 22, died in September after being arrested by morality police for “unsuitable attire”, sparking...

5th October

‘One-off payment does not reduce costs’

The cost of living does not come down with a one-off welfare payment, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment at a party meeting in Nadi recently while outlining the party’s vision statement for the 2022 General Election. The former prime minister was referring to Government’s $180 inflation mitigation payment. “Just...

Patel stands for NFP

After contributing her opinions on matters of national interest in The Fiji Times‘ Letters to the Editor section for many years, Kirti Patel is taking her views to the national platform as a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party to contest the 2022 polls. She said she was standing for public office because she...

Koya would ‘love’ to contest polls under FijiFirst banner

Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Minister Faiyaz Koya says he will contest this year’s general election under the FijiFirst party banner. “I’d love to contest for a position in government,” he said, speaking to this newspaper yesterday. “We are still going through all our processes at the moment, but of course, I’d love to.” He...

‘Amendment gives unfettered powers to SOE’

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya says the latest amendment to the Electoral Act (Act No.49 of 2022) “gives unfettered powers to the Supervisor of Elections that not even Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption or police have”. She said this in response to comments by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem that she has...

Lynda on notice to respond

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has until today to respond to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in relation to the Rock the Vote Fiji organisation. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this at a news conference at the FEO headquarters in Suva yesterday. He said Facebook posts had been deleted from a...

Saneem clarifies complaint letter

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the complaint received from The People’s Alliance party on Monday afternoon is only two pages and not a 50-page letter. At a news conference yesterday, the SOE said the Fijian Elections Office was yet to determine who the complaint was against. “We do not believe that statements made in...

Lynda’s ultimatum – Saneem says she has until today to respond to FEO

The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has blasted the recent changes to the Electoral Act, saying she could be forced to answer questions from the Fijian Elections Office in breach of her legal rights. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says she has until today to respond to the Fijian Elections Office in relation to...

4th October

13 provisonal candidates named

Unity Fiji have announced 13 new provisional candidates from all walks of life to contest the 2022 polls. Party leader Savenaca Narube said he was very satisfied with the diversity of skills, qualifications, and experience of the provisional candidates “These candidates bring diversity and depth to team Unity and strengthen the ability and credibility of...

‘Massive vote buying’ – Party written a 50-page letter of complaints against FijiFirst to SOE

The People’s Alliance party has written a 50-page letter of complaint against the FijiFirst party to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. At a press conference in Suva yesterday afternoon, PA deputy leader Manoa Kamikamica said the letter contained a dossier of evidence to support their claim of “massive vote buying tactics” by the FijiFirst government....

3rd October

Former teacher enters politics – Need for more women in Parliament – Baleilevuka

Former Freebird Institute CEO Mereseini Baleilevuka believes more women are needed in Parliament and she is prepared to be one of them. The People’s Alliance provisional candidate said her vast experience as an educator, businesswoman, and community and religious worker were the credentials she needed to contest the 2022 General Election. She believes her experiences...

2nd October

Exercise your right to vote, says Ali

Women vendors at the Namaka market were encouraged to exercise their right to vote at this year’s general election. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator and human rights activist Shamima Ali urged the women to register and vote when she officiated at the Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. “Do not let this golden opportunity...

New SODELPA executives elected; Ratu Manoa beats Kepa for presidency

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) appointed its new executive members during their special general meeting in Suva yesterday. The new party president is Ratu Manoa Roragaca from the Naitasiri constituency. He will be assisted by Filimone Soqeta (Burebasaga), Ro Avenito Kolikata (Kubuna) and MP Anare Jale. The new office holders will serve for a term of...

Radrodro: Party must appoint acting SG; ‘this weakness’ need to be addressed

The need to have an acting general secretary for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was raised during the party’s annual general meeting in Suva yesterday. SODELPA Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro raised this to the new executives of the party to amend the constitution and have an acting general secretary. Mr Radrodro said if the general secretary...

1st October

Rokomokoti champions education

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Ana Rokomokoti says she would be sharing more thoughts on education as one of the important subjects going forward. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Ms Rokomokoti said education was something she felt connected to. “My experience in the higher education system as a university...

Narube: ‘We are ready’

‘We have 51 candidates, our manifesto is ready and we are out there talking to the people.’ Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube said this as he announced the party planned to lift the intensity of their 2022 General Election campaign in the coming weeks. “We have approved 51 candidates,” the former Reserve Bank of Fiji...

30th September

UK, U.S. trade officials discuss challenges posed by China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai met Britain’s new trade minister, Kemi Badenoch, on Thursday, and the two discussed addressing challenges posed by China, Tai’s office said. “She also highlighted the opportunity to continue working together across multiple platforms to address the shared challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China’s non-market economic...

Biden says U.S. and world security depend on Pacific security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden told Pacific island leaders on Thursday that the security of the United States and the world depended on security in their region. Biden spoke at the State Department where the United States is hosting more than a dozen leaders and representatives of Pacific island countries as part of...

Coalitions ‘sign of fear’ – Tawaivuna: Party to stand alone

We will stand alone, we will not merge or form partnerships with any other political party, says All Peoples Party founder and leader Pastor Tuiloma Tawaivuna. “We will fight the battle alone because we know if we have Christ, we have everything,” he said. “Other political parties forming partnerships to me is a sign of...

One constituency model does not work – Rabuka

The one constituency model established by the Bainimarama Government does not work, says The People’s Alliance party leader and former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka. At a news conference yesterday, he said the removal of local constituency-based voting by the Bainimarama administration had prevented fair representation and local engagement between parliamentarians and constituents. “Local constituencies were...

Nisha: Labour will fulfil its promises

A Government led by Mahendra Chaudhry will ensure good governance and will fulfil the promises it makes to the Fijian people. This, according to Shaireen Nisha, one of 40 provisional candidates to contest the 2022 General Election announced by the Fiji Labour Party in Nadi recently. “A Labour-led government would lift us out of our...

Unity Fiji leader urges Fijians to vote boldly

Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube is urging all Fijians to take the upcoming general election very seriously because “the future of our children and grandchildren rests on that vote you will make in the upcoming polls”. He said this in a video posted on the Unity Fiji official Facebook page where he also called on...

29th September

NZ foreign minister says superpowers must listen to needs of Pacific

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the United States and China should engage with the Pacific through the Pacific Islands Forum, and work to address the needs of the region. Nanaia Mahuta said at the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade select committee hearing that she had...

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