Politics

Cabinet ministers sworn-in

TWELVE ministers and eight assistant ministers were sworn in at Government House by President Jioji Konrote this morning. They were led by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who retained his ministerial portfolio as the Attorney General and Minister...

I am ready, say Rabuka

THERE were no objections from the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) caucus when it nominated former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka as leader of the Opposition to Parliament. Mr Rabuka said he was confident of his appointment and he was ready to take on the role. “I am the party nominee and I was the only...

NFP ready to work in making positive changes in Fiji

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says they stand ready to work with Government on making positive changes in Fiji. He made this statement while speaking to the media in Suva yesterday. “If the Government wishes to work positively with Opposition parties on Fiji’s problems, we are ready. We will do it from the...

21st November

Rabuka resigns as SODELPA party leader

SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has resigned from his position as party leader. Party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu confirmed Mr Rabuka’s resignation at a press conference this afternoon. The party has nominated Mr Rabuka as the Leader of the Opposition. More on this story in tomorrow’s the Fiji Times and the e-Edition.    

Lenora to listen to the people about their issues first

FORMER Miss Hibiscus Lenora Qereqeretabua says she would be the eyes and ears of the people during her term in Parliament. She was one of the three successful candidates under the National Federation Party during the 2018 general election where she managed to secure total of 1,811 votes, most of which were from the Central...

Change of tune for Tikoduadua in Parliament

NATIONAL Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua says he is ready to face Government head on debating issues affecting Fiji in Parliament. He was one of the successful party candidates in the 2018 general elections alongside party leader Professor Biman Prasad and candidate Lenora Qereqeretabua. “It’s a change of tune for me now because I will...

I am ready, says PM

I  AM ready to serve, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who was sworn in for a second term in office at the State House in Suva yesterday. Following his swearing in, Mr Bainimarama said his next immediate task was to work on his Cabinet line-up. He said discussions had begun and he would meet with...

Be ready for robust debates, says Luveni

SOON-to-be elected members of Parliament should be ready to handle robust and heated debates on national issues in the next four years of Parliament proceedings, says Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Dr Luveni’s advice comes after the swearing in of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister for his second term at the...

‘Rethink modus operandi’

THE FijiFirst party’s victory by a slim margin in the 2018 General Election will require them to rethink their modus operandi, says Dialogue Fiji. Executive director Nilesh Lal said there were both advantages and disadvantages of having an “almost” hung Parliament. “The main advantage is that the ruling party will be forced to consult opposition...

FEO to update app

THE Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will now work on updating its app and soon list the data based on the government distribution boundaries. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO app currently gave people the breakdown of statistics based on the FEO administrative areas. “That is why you will see the Eastern Division has...

Australia looks to extend assistance to FijiFirst government: Feakes

AUSTRALIAN High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes says they are looking at extending their assistance to the FijiFirst government in the areas of defence. The diplomat was among hundreds of distinguished invited guests at the swearing-in ceremony of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama to his second term as Prime Minister. Mr Feakes said they were...

New Parliament session opening yet to be confirmed: Dr Luveni

FIJI’S Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni says the date of the opening of the new Parliament session for the next term of Government is yet to be confirmed. She was among distinguished guests at the swearing-in ceremony of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister for the party’s second term in office for...

20th November

Ensure women’s voices and issues are well represented, FWRM urges women MP-elects

THE 10 female candidates who would be sworn-in as Members of Parliament soon have been encouraged to ensure the voices and issues of women are well represented in the House. The call was made by Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s executive director Nalini Singh who acknowledged women’s participation in Fiji’s 2018 General Election. “We are pleased...

FEO app to include data on Government distribution boundaries

THE Fijian Election Office (FEO) app will soon include another tab that will list the data based on the Government distribution boundaries. During a press conference this afternoon, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO app presently gave people the breakdown of statistics based on the FEO administrative areas. “We will be updating the...

Luveni could continue role as Speaker of Parliament

INDICATIONS are that Dr Jiko Luveni would continue her role as the Speaker of Parliament. The Fiji Times understands that discussions on the Speaker of Parliament had started following the swearing-in of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister for his second term at the State House today. Under the 2013 Constitution, the candidates,...

FijiFirst party leader Bainimarama sworn in as PM for second term

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second term at the State House in Suva this morning. Mr Bainimarama vowed to serve the people of Fiji. He said voters of the 2018 general election had shown that they wanted a government that doesn’t want discrimination. This,  he said resulted in...

MOG to continue engagements

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) will continue to welcome engagement with stakeholders as the views of all Fijians are important to them. MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said the MOG attended the announcement of the final results of the 2018 General Election and the Returning of the Election Writ on Sunday, and they were now working...

Rabuka: Expect robust debates

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says Fijians should expect robust discussions from SODELPA when they enter Parliament. The former prime minister said they knew they would be representing almost 50 per cent of the voting population in Parliament. The party received the second highest votes of 181,072, equivalent to 39.85 per cent of...

Bainimarama: We will unite Fiji

“WE will not discriminate against anyone, we will help and grow all, we will unite Fiji despite the poisoning of minds and we will build a country where we all become truly proud and progressive citizens.” That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama whose FijiFirst party will form government after winning the 2018 General...

Bainimarama to be sworn in today as PM for the next four years

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama will be sworn in as the Fijian Prime Minister, serving his second term for another four years. Mr Bainimarama stays after he and his party won the 2018 General Election with about 50 percent of total votes, as announced by the Fijian Elections Office on Sunday. This earned FijiFirst 27 of 51...

2018 General Election: SODELPA caucus to meet, decide on Opposition Leader

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party caucus will meet in two days’ time to decide on the Opposition Leader for the new Parliament term. SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed this, saying that Fijians should expect an effective Opposition from the SODELPA members who would make up 21 seats of the 24-member Opposition. SODELPA polled the second...

2018 General Election: MOG to compile final report

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) is continuing its work to compile the final report on the 2018 General Election. MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said although these important processes were now complete, the MOG’s work was ongoing. “While the vote, count and results are now finalised, we will be continuing to work on the MOG’s final...

2018 General Election: Former MP thanks supporters

FORMER Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Member of Parliament Semesa Karavaki has acknowledged all his supporters that stood by him during the 2018 General Election. The outspoken MP among other former MPs who did not make into Parliament after the general election this year. Mr Karavaki lost 2807 votes this time when compared with the...

Rabuka: Fiji’s coup politicians should quit

SUVA (RNZ PACIFIC) – It is time for Fiji’s coup leaders to step away from politics, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader and instigator of the 1987 military coups Sitiveni Rabuka has said. Fiji’s election, which gave another four year term to the FijiFirst party in results announced yesterday, was seen as a battle between...

19th November

I am proud to become your Prime Minister once again: Bainimarama

“I AM proud to become your Prime Minister once again, a Prime Minister of all who call Fiji home.” That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama whose FijiFirst party won government following the conclusion of the 2018 General Election yesterday. “We will not discriminate against anyone, we will help and grow all, we will...

10 women make it to Parliament

THE new Parliament make-up includes 10 women. This comprise five in Government and five in the Opposition. Premila Kumar, Selai Adimaitoga, Veena Bhatnagar, Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Rosy Akbar will make up the 27-member FijiFirst led Government while, Social Democratic Liberal Party members Lynda Tabuya, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Salote Radrodro, Adi Litia Qionibaravi and National Federation...

FijiFirst party attracts most votes from the West

THE FijiFirst party attracted their highest votes from the Western Division, accounting for 40.44 per cent (91,902) of their 227,241 votes in the 2018 General Election. The Voreqe Bainimarama led-party received 65,901 votes from the Central Division, accounting for 29 per cent, 34,291 votes from the Eastern Division making up 15.09 per cent and 31,073...

Sayed-Khaiyum thanks Bainimarama

FIJIFIRST party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has proven his statement in winning the 2018 General Election. For that, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has congratulated and thanked Mr Bainimarama. “You can see that our leader and the FijiFirst took a very principled position in respect of the elections...

President calls for togetherness

DEMOCRACY is something that we must protect, nourish and improve over time, says President Jioji Konrote. While speaking at the official return of the writ for election by the Fijian Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday, Mr Konrote said it was his prayer that Fijians would stay true...

Governments vow to continue support

FOREIGN governments have vowed to continue strengthening bilateral relations with Fiji after the re-election of the FijiFirst party to lead government for another four years. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes congratulated the Fijian people and the Fijian Elections Office for the successful conduct of the 2018 General Election and said the Australian government...

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