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Security forces storm PNG parliament over unpaid wages after APEC summit

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – A group of up to 100 Papua New Guinea (PNG) security personnel forced their way into parliament on Tuesday to demand unpaid wages, lawmakers said, just days after world leaders attended...

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,...

Missing toddler’s body recovered: Police

THE body of a three-year-old toddler who went missing while playing near the Sigatoka River on Sunday afternoon has been recovered. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the boy’s body was discovered this morning. She said investigations into how he disappeared were still continuing.    

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...

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama leaving parliament with his body guards during a break in the sitting at the parliament complex in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

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...

Opposition MP's Semesa Karavaki and Biman Prasad leave parliament during a break in the sitting yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

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...

19th November

6.5 magnitude offshore earthquake hits Lakeba, poses no threat

A 6.5 magnitude offshore earthquake occurred north north-west (38 km) Tubou, Lakeba in the  Lau Group today, however posed no threat to the Fiji region. According to the Seismology Unit of Fiji’s Mineral Resources Department, the strong earthquake had deep depth source occurred at about 09:25AM local time. *For further information’s and queries you are...

18th November

2018 General Election: FijiFirst wins and will form next government

THE FijiFirst party will govern for another four years after receiving the highest number of votes in the 2018 General Election. FFP recorded 227,241 votes followed by the Social Democratic Liberal Party in second place with 181,072 votes while the National Federation Party came third with 33515 votes. NFP and SODELPA will form the Opposition...

2018 General Election: Final results from 1972 polling stations

FIJIFIRST party maintains its lead with party votes at 205,831 votes from 1972 stations according to the latest update released by the Fijian Elections Office at 11:04am today. SODELPA is still in second place with 163,553 votes and the National Federation Party at third place with 30,457 votes. Unity Fiji party is in fourth place...

2018 General Election: Final results from 1962 polling stations

FIJIFIRST party is still in the lead with party votes at 204,922 votes from 1962 stations according to the latest update released by the Fijian Elections Office at 10:10am today. However, SODELPA is still trailing behind in second place with 163,227 votes and the National Federation Party at third place with 30,335 votes. Unity Fiji...

2018 General Election: Media asked to vacate centre

THE media was asked to vacate the allocated space it was given at the National Results Centre in Suva’s National Gymnasium earlier tonight. About six Fijian journalists and a cameraman from six media organisations were asked by the Supervisor of Elections Mohammend Saneem to vacate the media centre by or before midnight. Mr Saneem told the...

17th November

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem speaks to participants during the joint International IDEA, FEO and HRADC forum on electoral processes in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

2018 General Election: ‘Political parties should learn election framework, process’

THE supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem is urging political parties to be ethical, honest and not mislead the people. His comment follows after the Opposition claimed that there was no provision in the Electoral Act for the provisional results. He says the opposition should learn the process and the election framework. “They haven’t come to...

2018 General Election: Saneem warns public of ‘false information’ on social media

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has urged members of the public not to rely on social media but the Fijian Elections Office for updated results. He said political parties should be very careful during elections and not give what he said was false information on their social media platforms. “The people of Fiji deserve better...

2018 General Election: Final results from 1752 polling stations

THE latest final results from 1752 polling stations released at 6pm today  the Fijian Elections Office sees the FijiFirst party maintaining a steady lead in the party votes with 179,900 votes. Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is in second place with 142,402 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 26,443 votes while the Unity...

2018 General Election: Final results from 1715 polling stations

FIJIFIRST party is still in the lead with party votes at 174,595 votes from 1715 stations according to the latest update released by the Fijian Elections Office at 12:26pm today. However, SODELPA is still trailing behind in second place with 139,743 votes and the National Federation Party at third place with 25,729 votes. Unity Fiji...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 1401 polling stations

THE latest result released by the Fijian Elections Office shows FijiFirst leading the tally with 131629 votes. SODELPA is in second place with 115150 votes. NFP is in third place with 19312 votes. The result is from 1401 polling stations  There are 2173 polling stations. 

16th November

2018 General Elections: Final results from 1027 polling stations

AS of 7pm tonight, a total of 47 per cent of the polling venues have been accounted for along with three boxes of postal ballots. Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Mohammed Saneem said this was why the total number of polling venues had increased from 2170 to 2173. With the latest result in official mode...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 885 polling stations

SODELPA is still in the lead with party votes at 72,695 from 885 stations. However, FijiFirst has closed the gap polling 71,400 votes and NFP at 10,609 votes. Unity Fiji party is in fourth place polling a total of 1835 votes. HOPE party is in fifth place with 2668 votes while the Fiji Labour Party...

Murder suspects front court, case transferred to High Court

THE two former police officers charged with the death of Joseua Lalauvaki appeared before the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. Kelepi Duri Tautaumacala Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere who are charged with one count of murder each have been remanded by Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama. It is alleged that the two murdered Lalauvaki following an altercation outside a...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 636 polling stations

THE final results from 636 polling stations released a while ago by the Fijian Elections Office sees the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) still leading with 53,351 votes. FijiFirst party is in second place with 47,430 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 7430 votes while the Unity Fiji party is in fourth place...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 573 polling stations

SODELPA has maintained its lead with party votes at 48,120. However, FijiFirst has closed the gap polling 40,549 votes and NFP at 6352 votes. This result is the total count from 573 polling stations The top 10 candidates from 573 polling stations: Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama- 30,482 Sitiveni Rabuka- 19,764 Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum- 2785 Lynda Tabuya –...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 568 polling stations

THE final results from 568 polling stations released a while ago by the Fijian Elections Office has seen the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) still leading with 47,792 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 39,939 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 6281 votes while the Unity Fiji party is...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 527 polling stations

THE latest final results from 527 polling stations have been released this morning at 6:27am by the Fijian Elections Office with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leading with 44,501 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 37,469 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 5897 votes while the Unity Fiji...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 338 polling stations

FINAL results from 338 polling stations have been released by the Fijian Elections Office with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leading with 26,102 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 18,897 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 2956 votes while the Unity Fiji party is in fourth place polling...

15th November

2018 General Election: Final results from 154 polling stations

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party(SODELPA) is still in a commanding  lead in  the final results tally for the 2018 General Election polling 8660 votes from 154  polling stations. The FijiFirst party remains in the second place with  3997 votes,the National Federation Party is in third place with 677 votes while the Unity Fiji party is...

2018 General Election: Voters for closed polling venues to vote this Saturday

THE 7498 voters who were unable to vote at the 22 polling locations around the country yesterday will get a chance to vote this Saturday. Fijian Elections Office (FEO) Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem confirmed this at a press conference this afternoon saying  the polling in these areas would begin at 7:30am and end at...

Police officers face murder charges

THE two police officers who were alleged to have murdered Joseua Lalauvaki following an altercation outside a Suva nightclub on September 2 this year have been charged. According to a statement by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions issued this afternoon, Kelepi Duri Tautaumacala Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere were today charged with murder...

2018 General Elections: Final results for 20 polling stations

TWENTY out of 2170 stations have been counted so far as final results of Fiji’s 2018 General Electios are released. FijiFirst party has taken an early lead with 946 votes. SODELPA follows closely with 869 votes, while NFP is third in the run with 62 votes. Unity Fiji party has 30 votes while HOPE party...

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