Politics

Biman: No talks on alliances with other parties

National Federation Party (NFP) leader Prof Biman Prasad says he will not engage in discussion about alliances with any political party in the lead up to the 2022 polls. Speaking to this newspaper, he said NFP’s key focus was highlighting the issues people were facing, in the hope that assistance could be provided to them....

Opposition party leaders out to hear people

Two political party leaders have put aside political beliefs and ideologies and embarked on a four-day “Listening Tour” to hear directly from the people the issues and challenges they were facing during this COVID-19 period. The tour of the Western Division began in Sigatoka yesterday. Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka said Fijians were suffering in silence...

Fijian PM calls on world leaders for global solidarity and urgency

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says climate change and the coronavirus may be very different beasts but the inequities they have exposed are all-too-familiar for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In his virtual address at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday, Mr Bainimarama called for solidarity, commitment and urgency in rebuilding the...

Opposition MPs begin listening tour in the Western division

Members of the Opposition began their tour of the Western Division today for the  Parliamentary Opposition Leaders Listening Tour. The traveling party included the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad, Lenora Qereqeretabua and Niko Nawaikula. NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the tour was important for the Opposition members to find...

Battle for top post – SODELPA finalises party leader candidates

Five applicants will vie for the Social Democratic Liberal Party of Fiji (SODELPA) leader position while seven will contest the deputy party leader’s post. Speaking at the party’s management board meeting yesterday in Suva after the finalisation of the applicants’ names, general secretary Emele Duituturaga said they would reveal the names of the new position...

Davis: I want to thank the Prime Minister

Former Australian journalist and Government communications adviser Graham Davis says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has not denied the contents of his Grubsheet Feejee blogsite, including that he wants Inia Seruiratu to be his successor. Responding to criticism from the PM, Mr Davis, who worked as the FijiFirst Government’s principal communications adviser from 2012 to 2018,...

Chaudhry: All ethnic groups in Fiji ‘should be fairly represented’

Political parties are attacking the make-up of state-owned enterprises boards following the findings of a Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) survey showing “glaring” gaps which do not reflect the ethnic make-up of Fijian society. Responding to the findings of the FWRM survey, National Federation Party general secretary Seni Nabou said the appointment of board members...

Opposition parties hit out at Government

Opposition party leaders attacked the make-up of state-owned enterprise boards yesterday in the wake of recent research pointing to the under-representation of women. Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka said there was widespread perception that the wellbeing and future of the people of Fiji were governed by unelected allies of the Government. National Federation Party general secretary...

Virtual public submissions live streaming temporarily ceased

Live streaming or broadcasting of the virtual public submissions to the respective six Standing Committees of the Fijian Parliament will be temporarily ceased this week. According to a statement by the Civic Education & Media Unit of the Parliament of Republic of Fiji this is to allow for essential upgrades to be conducted so as...

2022 Elections: Clash of the titans

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka look set to have another head to head clash in the next general elections come 2022. The two men are both former army commanders and Mr Rabuka is also a former prime minister from 1992 to 1999. The Social Democratic Liberal Party leader, Mr Rabuka, 72,...

Police assures SODELPA its meetings on private properties will not be stopped in future

Fijian Police have assured the Social Democratic Liberal Party that its meetings on private properties will not be stopped in the future. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro attributed the actions of Rakiraki police to “misunderstanding and miscommunication”. “The party executives have been informed and assured that it won’t happen again,” she said. “It was an issue...

Access to accounts: Public to examine audited books of political parties

The public will soon have access to the audited accounts of all political parties in the country, says the Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem. He said this in a statement where he gave the National Federation Party until next Wednesday to provide him with receipt books for 2016. He also said the party had...

Fiji’s Registrar of Political Parties request meeting with NFP accounts team, auditor

Fiji’s Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has requested a meeting with the National Federation Party’s (NFP) accounts team so issues identified by the verification team are conveyed to all parties. Mr Saneem called for the meeting this afternoon after receiving confirmation that the NFP had appointed an auditor – recognised by the Fiji Institute...

‘Big Guns’: Top Funding for FijiFirst

The FijiFirst party has been mostly funded by “big guns” of the local business community. This, according to Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh who claimed he received a list yesterday containing the names of donors from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) after he made a formal request. He said he could not release a copy...

Ratu Epenisa on 2022 polls: I will not stand

I have no political aspiration and I won’t contest the 2022 elections, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau. The Bau chief has been instrumental in getting the party’s affairs in order after two factions claimed legitimacy following a court ruling that the election of the party president and his deputy were...

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