Politics

2nd February

Group to facilitate elections

A working group chaired by the permanent secretary of the Local Government Ministry will be established to facilitate the election of municipal councillors for town and city councils. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told a news...

Sugar minister on predecessor Bainimarama: ‘Sleeping on the job’

Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh says his predecessor Voreqe Bainimarama was likely “sleeping on the job” as those in senior positions enjoyed hefty salaries and benefits while ordinary farmers struggled to make ends meet. These were the sentiments he echoed during a media conference yesterday, where he announced that former Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive...

1st February

Fiji’s Opposition Leader writes to President about COC

Fiji’s Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama has refused an offer of housing extended by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Yet, a little more than a month after the 2022 General Election, there is no confirmation from Government that he has vacated the home he occupied as PM. In a letter to Speaker Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Mr Bainimarama...

Fiji drops 2 scores; New Government a hope to improve corruption index – Transparency International

A new coalition Government in Fiji offers some hope that the country will improve its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2023, states Transparency International. In its 2022 CPI released yesterday, Fiji dropped two scores from 55 to 53, showing the country has not fared well. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories...

Kubuabola on the line

Among the Fijian diplomats in foreign missions likely to face Government’s axe is Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka hinted at Ratu Inoke’s departure in an interview with The Fiji Times. Ratu Inoke has served in every administration from the military government established by the then Lieutenant Colonel...

Ratuva: SODELPA ‘needs to address internal issues’

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) will need to innovatively address its internal issues as a party while ensuring that the coalition Government works for the sake of the country. This is the view expressed by renowned Fijian academic Professor Steven Ratuva. “Fiji’s current coalition experiment has great implications for the future of Fiji’s democracy...

Ratuva: Future of Fiji’s democracy at stake

Renowned Fijian academic Professor Steven Ratuva says if the coalition Government is strong, resilient and lasts, “this will reflect well as a future model for coalitions in Fiji”. “It’s a learning process for a new government and a new democracy and we expect teething problems in the beginning and hopefully we settle down quickly and...

31st January

NATO’s chief urges South Korea to step up military support for Ukraine

SEOUL (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea on Monday to increase military support to Ukraine, referring to countries that have changed their policy of not providing weapons to countries in conflict after Russia’s invasion. Stoltenberg is currently in Seoul, the first stop on a trip that will include Japan and is aimed...

30th January

Odds ‘very high’ of U.S. military conflict with China, top Republican says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Sunday said the odds of conflict with China over Taiwan “are very high,” after a U.S. general caused consternation with a memo that warned that the United States would fight China in the next two years. In a memo dated Feb. 1 but released on...

Protester dies in Lima as Peru’s political crisis continues

(Reuters) -A man in Peru’s capital Lima died on Saturday and others were hospitalized as nationwide clashes between protesters and police continued in the eighth week of the South American country’s political crisis. The death of Victor Santisteban Yacsavilca, 55, brings to 58 the nationwide toll in the protests that began in early December after...

Israel appears to have been behind drone strike on Iranian factory -US official

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Israel appears to have been behind an overnight drone attack on a military factory in Iran, a U.S. official said on Sunday. Iran claimed to have intercepted drones that struck a military industry target near the central city of Isfahan, and said there were no casualties or serious damage. The extent of damage...

PSC sets timeframe for permanent secretaries selection

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has set a timeframe of six months to advertise and select the best individuals for various permanent secretary positions. This was confirmed by PSC chair Luke Rokovada. Speaking to this newspaper, he said they had not yet fixed a date to send out the advertisements. This news comes as the...

God has heard the cries of the people, says Kamikamica

Your prayers have been answered. While speaking to hundreds of supporters of the coalition Government in Lautoka yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Communications Manoa Kamikamica said the cries of the people who wanted change have been heard. “When we think about the things that was done to us in the lead...

Minister commends women leaders

“Women hold up half the sky, let’s work our best to give women half the seats at the table.” These were the sentiments shared by Minister for Women Lynda Tabuya on the appointment of Salote Panapasa as the acting Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service and Ana Salaivalu Mataiciwa as the acting Supervisor of Elections. In...

Media law up for ‘review’

The Media Industry Development Act will soon be reviewed over the next few weeks. Speaking to this newspaper in Lautoka yesterday, Minister for Communications Manoa Kamikamica said the review was one of the main objectives of the coalition Government when it came to freedom of the press. “The Media Decree is going to be reviewed,”...

29th January

Just be blue, Pio tells police boss

Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua’s message to the newly-appointed Acting Police Commissioner Juki Fong Chew is “just be blue”. When they met for the first time on Friday after Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho’s suspension, Mr Tikoduadua told Mr Chew that building back confidence in the Fiji Police Force would take some time. During the meeting, the...

Relations intact – PM

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says Fiji-China relations will not be impacted in the case of any termination of existing memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two countries. He was referring to a memorandum of understanding between the Fiji Police Force and China’s Ministry of Public Security inked in 2011. This resulted in Fijian police officers...

Finance minister on remittances in 2022 – $1b mark exceeded

Fiji exceeded the $1 billion mark in terms of remittances in 2022, says Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad. While speaking in Nadi on Friday, Prof Prasad said certain sectors had contributed heavily to Fiji’s economic recovery. He said this included the tourism industry. Prof Prasad said the Government would continue to play its part...

28th January

If suspension is upheld expect posts to be advertised, says Rabuka

If the suspension of the Police Commissioner, Commissioner of Prisons, and Supervisor of Elections is upheld by a tribunal ruling, expect the posts to be advertised. This, according to Prime Minister and Constitutional Offices Commission (COC) chair Sitiveni Rabuka following the appointment of new acting leaders of the three bodies. He said the appointment was...

Women hail appointments

Women in the country are celebrating the historic elevation of two females to key positions in the Sitiveni Rabuka-led coalition Government. Salote Panapasa is now the acting Commissioner of Corrections while Ana Salaivalu Mataiciwa is the acting Supervisor of Elections. They replace two key figures in the Bainimarama government — Corrections Commissioner Commander Francis Kean...

PM: Parliament on track to hold sitting

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says Parliament is on track to hold its first sitting next week. Yesterday, members from both Government and the Opposition benches convened for a business committee meeting to discuss the agenda of the first sitting. The business committee is a select committee of the Parliament of Fiji and determines the business...

Judge steps down

THE judge who was handling Suva lawyer Richard Naidu’s case has resigned. The Acting Chief Registrar, Liyanage Wickramasekara, confirmed the Judicial Services Commission has accepted the resignation. Mr Wickramasekara said High Court judge Justice Jude Nanayakkara tendered his resignation on medical grounds and takes effect from Monday, February 6. Justice Nanayakkara was appointed a Magistrate...

16 years of challenges for rule of the law

THE past 16 years were very challenging for the Fiji Law Society (FLS), the legal profession and the rule of law. FLS president Wylie Clarke said this while addressing the FLS Convention at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour last week. “I do not think I exaggerate when I say that rule of law was...

Retirement age reset

GOVERNMENT has formalised the retirement age to 60 through the gazetting of the Civil Service (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 on January 21. The gazette notice was authorised by the Acting Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica and the chairperson of the Public Service Commission Luke Rokovada. It stated: “A permanent secretary may, with the agreement of the...

27th January

Former MP an ‘ideal bridge’

FORMER FijiFirst MP Vijendra Prakash is the ideal man to form the bridge between the iTaukei and Indo-Fijian communities. The former government backbencher’s lawyer, Siddharth Nandan, said this in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court at Suva yesterday when his case brought by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), was called before High...

Police stand firm

THE Fiji Police Force says it will not be pressured into rushing investigations in relation to a complaint lodged by human rights activist Shamima Ali against FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. The Fiji Times had requested an update from Police on the case. “The same taskforce is handling the case and will be treating the...

Rabuka wants ‘accuracy’

THE Fijian media needs to ensure that every story they pursue is covered with comment from every actor involved and published with complete accuracy. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka highlighted this during an interview with The Fiji Times this week. When asked if he could challenge the media on one aspect of how they operated, he...

PM : Qiliho and Kean’s position on agenda

THE fate of Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean will be known soon. While he did not want to discuss the agenda of the Constitutional Offices Commission meeting, when asked Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed the “positions” were on the agenda. He also confirmed Opposition Leader Voreqe...

Former Panama president’s sons return after U.S. conviction for money laundering

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned to their country on Wednesday, after serving a sentence in the United States for money laundering in a case linked to the Odebrecht scandal, a spokesperson for the family said. The sons of Martinelli – Luis Enrique Martinelli and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli...

$4 an hour minimum wage to be assessed – Biman

THE impact of the $4 an hour minimum wage on small and medium enterprises and their ability to sustain it will be discussed at length to determine if any intervention is needed, says Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Professor Biman Prasad. “I think small and medium enterprises and businesses are very important and we...

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