Politics

28th May

Lynda Leadership needs to change

The People’s Alliance party vice president Lynda Tabuya claimed the FijiFirst party was “an arrogant leadership that needs to change”. She made the comment while speaking at a joint campaign meeting with the National Federation...

27th May

Global price volatility – A huge risk for government, says A-G

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says global price volatility is a huge risk for government and Fijians need to dig into more local food instead of imports. “We don’t know how high the fuel will go up, we don’t know when the wheat pricing will stop going up,” he said during a talanoa session...

‘Some political parties have breached Act’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says “certain political parties or their leaders have breached the Financial Management Act”. At a news onference on Wednesday night where he said the breach would be reported to authorities, he also said businesses were not supposed to contribute to political parties. “It’s been brought to our attention that certain political parties...

‘Parties need to identify where they fit in society’

Political parties need to identify where they fit in Fijian society and identify which spectrum of democracy they stand for, says former Human Rights Commission director and University of Fiji vice-chancellor Professor Shaista Shameem. She made the comment during a political parties’ panel discussion on human rights last week. “The first thing to do for...

26th May

Fijian Elections Office team meets Facebook executives ahead of 2022 General Election

Facebook and the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will soon collaborate to organise training for all political parties on using the social media platform and its features more effectively in the 2022 General Election. This was reached at a meeting between Meta – the owners of Facebook and the Supervisor of Elections, Manager Public Relations, the...

25th May

Bainimarama: FijiFirst will not spread misinformation

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says FijiFirst will not go around spreading misinformation about poverty and transparency “like Biman and Chaudhry” and he did not know “which part of their body they are pulling out these figures from”. He made the statements while launching into a tirade against The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka, National...

‘Government will continue to govern until elections’

The election date has not been set but the FijiFirst Government will continue to run the country until the 2022 polls are completed, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comment while speaking at the opening of the FijiFirst party Nadi branch last Saturday. “The elections as you know can be held anywhere from...

24th May

Duru: SODELPA at a loss

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) general secretary Lenaitasi Duru says the party is saddened by the sentencing of party member Niko Nawaikula. He made the comment during a media conference at the SODELPA headquarters last Saturday. “Mr Nawaikula is a formidable member of the nation’s Parliament and a very popular politician,” Mr Duru said. He...

Fiji Labour Party announces first five candidates

The Fiji Labour Party has introduced its first five candidates – Shaireen Nisha, Taina Rokotabua, Sai Vulawalu, Atunaisa Tuiwawa Raituku and Tiger Chandra Narayan. The candidates were announced at a party campaign meeting at Togomasi in Nadi last Thursday. At the gathering, party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Fiji’s economy had been greatly impacted by the...

NZ voter registration drive ‘ineffective’

An Auckland-based Fiji voter has complained that the Fijian Elections Office voter registration drive in New Zealand has been ineffective. Thakur Ranjit Singh said that the FEO had failed to ensure that New Zealand-based voters had been made aware of voter registration there. Mr Singh said that voter registration had taken place in the office...

$430 budget support grants

Fiji received cash budget support grants of around $430 million during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Ministry of Economy permanent secretary Shiri Gounder. He made the comment while speaking during the submission on the audit report on compliance audits relating to COVID-19 response. Mr Goundar said the audit was done at a very early stage...

23rd May

A-G labelled the ‘bluff master’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has labelled Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum “the bluff master”. In an address to supporters at Togomasi in Nadi on Thursday night, Mr Chaudhry said the national debt had risen from $3 billion to $10 billion which Mr Sayed-Khaiyum called “smart borrowing”. He said the FijiFirst Government’s appetite for borrowing would...

‘Government borrowing for politics, not economics’

Government has been borrowing for politics, not economics, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Responding to the comments made by the Economy Ministry permanent secretary Shiri Gounder about borrowing close to $900 million at very low-interest rates during the COVID-19 crisis, Prof Prasad claimed the Bainimarama and FijiFirst government had borrowed more than...

‘It is a recipe for disaster ’

Borrowing because of low-interest rates and long grace periods is a recipe for disaster, says Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube. He made this comment while responding to close to $900 million in loans taken by the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic that was concessional or zero interest rate and repayments were scheduled to begin...

Tiko: Fiji is like a ‘time bomb’

Fiji is like a “time bomb” now with complaints and frustration from members of the public, says New Generation Party acting leader Varinava Tiko. Mr Tiko said the onus was on the next political party that comes into power to manage these issues. “If a new party comes into power and doesn’t manage the stress...

Pacific leaders congratulate Labor’s Albanese on election result

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Solomon Islands has congratulated Australia’s Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, on his election victory, saying much “remains to be done” in the bilateral relationship, as Pacific islands neighbour Fiji welcomed the party’s climate policies. Albanese said he would be sworn in as the 31st prime minister on Monday along with four senior...

Extraction not to affect ‘country’

Government will “as much as possible over the long-term” ensure extraction and export of groundwater is not “over extracted” and affect “our people and country”. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate said this while responding to Opposition MP Simione Rasova’s question in Parliament on how Government could better assist companies that were involved...

22nd May

Police probe report against political party senior executive

An investigation is underway into a report that was lodged at the Totogo Police Station against a senior executive of a political party. According to Police, the complainant, a former member of the same party alleged that the suspect swore at him during a party meeting last Wednesday at their head office in Suva. Police...

FLP leader calls for investigation

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called for an investigation against Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who he claims is using the prefect induction ceremonies at schools to campaign. “He did it again at the Natabua High School in Lautoka on Friday,” Mr Chaudhry said. “After the induction ceremony was over, he held a question-and-answer...

Biman: Ministers using State resources

FijiFirst Government ministers are using State resources to force people to hear their campaign promises because no one is willingly going to their meetings, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. “You see all of them driving in the West now, they are inducting prefects from primary school to secondary school, the ministers are...

Tuiteci terminated from SODELPA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has terminated its provincial candidate Seremaia Tuiteci. During a press conference held at the SODELPA headquarters, yesterday, general secretary Lenaitasi Duru said Mr Tuiteci had breached the code of conduct for politicians and political parties. “Because of that, I as general secretary had advised the management board recommending termination...

Economic summit – PA, NFP coalition set plans for 100 days

An economic summit will be held in the first 100 days of The People’s Alliance and National Federation Party-led government. In Lautoka this week, NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said Fiji’s economic challenges needed to be the first issue addressed by the new government. “It’s going to be a tough job because they have run...

‘FijiFirst here for all Fijians’

FijiFirst is here for all Fijians, says party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. While opening the party’s new Nadi branch yesterday, he said the party had proven itself to be the party for all despite what opposing politicians had said. “For the FijiFirst also means treating every Fijian every citizen equally and looking after them all which...

Seruiratu to weigh options

Rural Development Minister Inia Seruiratu will wait for his FijiFirst party before he makes a decision to contest the general election. In an interview with The Fiji Times recently, he said he wouldn’t decide. “That’s for the party to decide,” he said. “If given the opportunity I will still weigh my options.” Mr Seruiratu was...

Biman ‘steadfast’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says he expects his party to be in government after the election with a clear vision to develop the nation. He did not mince his words when he made this known to a crowd in Nadi who’d gathered for a book launch. “We have a vision to make...

21st May

Rabuka’s promise — I will protect them

I will look after them. This was the promise made by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to hundreds of supporters at a campaign meeting in Ba on Thursday night. Mr Rabuka said he made the same promise to former Indian Army Chief General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, his instructor at the Indian Defence Services...

Biman: People will not be fooled

No amount of cosmetic roadworks or promises by the FijiFirst Government will take away the harsh realities faced by the Fijian people under their rule, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign meeting in the West this week, he said the people “will not be fooled”. “Our people understand where we...

PM on ‘asset rich, cash poor’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the work Government has undertaken to develop iTaukei land is a step closer to ending the notion of the iTaukei people being “asset rich and cash poor”. He said this when he officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the iTaukei Land Development Grant in Tavua on Wednesday. “We don’t only...

State ‘out of ideas’

They keep talking about the past. This, according to National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. In Nadi this week, Prof Prasad said the Government was running out of ideas to improve Fijian livelihoods. “We are not going into the past because the people need the solutions to our current issues,” he said. “You know...

Change with me – Rabuka’s plea to Fijians of Indian descent

Change with me. This was the plea by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to a large number of supporters in Ba where the former PM urged Fijians of Indian descent to support their campaign with the National Federation Party in the 2022 General Election. “We pay our respects to the leaders who formed...

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