Politics

23rd October

Fiji’s A-G clarifies loan plan

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji Airways wanted to use the $106.4million increased Government loan guarantee to the airline as part of its “contingency financing actions”. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, he said Fiji...

Rabuka lauds appointment of Fiji’s new head of State

Former prime minister and People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has lauded the appointment of the Tui Macuata as Fiji’s new President, saying the move was “a big turnaround from when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had told the Great Council of Chiefs to go drink homebrew under the mango tree”. He said the Government had...

Ratu Wiliame is Fiji’s new President

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere is Fiji’s new President and will serve as the country’s head of state for the next five years. He was nominated by Government and won by five votes against Rewa chief and Opposition Party nominee, Ro Teimumu Kepa. He secured 28 of the total votes cast. Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau...

‘Minister thinks people are their ATMs’

“The problem with the motion to guarantee $80 million to the Fiji Development Bank is that it seems like the minister comes to this House thinking that the people of Fiji are their ATMs for the Government’s bad ideas.” This was the comment made by the Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua during debate in Parliament on...

Extra loan guarantee to allow FDB to lend

The Fijian Parliament yesterday approved a motion by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service, and Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to increase the Government’s guarantee from $170 million to $250 million for the Fiji Development Bank’s (FDB) borrowings. He said the additional guarantee would allow FDB to lend to appropriate businesses and individuals. He said it...

Lenora: There appears to be dangerous and systematic collusion

Any housewife can teach the Minister for Economy “not to spend more than you earn” and “to save for a rainy day”. Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua said the Government’s solution to an already dire economic outlook, “even as clearly spelled out by the IMF and global rating agencies”, is to drown the country in more...

Fiji Parliament’s second term to be ‘prorogued’ next Monday

The third session for the present second term of Parliament will formally end next week. “Monday, October 25, marks the prorogation of the third session for the current second term of Parliament,” a statement from the Parliament Secretariat stated. According to the Secretariat, prorogation is the term for the formal end of a Parliamentary session....

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