Politics

2022 General Election: Ballot boxes ‘tracked’

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has begun packing pre-poll ballot boxes as pre-polling begins in the country from December 5. Yesterday, the FEO held a media walkthrough of the area where the operations were taking...

2022 General Election: Vote for the future of our children – Lata

Ansu Lata entered politics with a simple goal in mind: to bring about change for sound democratic governance and leadership in health, education, human rights and women empowerment. Eight years on from her first election, the 40-year-old Labasa native is contesting her third election under the National Federation Party (NFP) banner. With a string of...

2022 General Election: ‘I stand for the less fortunate’

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) candidate Setefano Osonamoli made a decision to contest the 2022 General Election to be a voice for the underprivileged, vulnerable and marginalised in society. He has a history of public service after being a member of the Great Council of Chiefs, member of the Namosi Provincial Council and Namosi Development...

2022 General Election: 606,092 eligible to vote – Saneem

A total of 606,092 voters will be eligible to vote on December 14. This was confirmed by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a briefing over the weekend. Mr Saneem also confirmed that at the conclusion of the postal vote verification process, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) had received 9916 postal vote applications. Mr Saneem...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM ‘delusional’

National Federation Party (NFP) general secretary Leba Seni Nabou has called Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama “delusional” following his attack on the wife of NFP leader, professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign rally at Vashist Muni Hall in Navua last Friday, Mr Bainimarama claimed that Prof Prasad’s wife, Dr Rajni Chand, did not deserve the position...

2022 General Election: Political party told to remove video

The Fijian Elections Office has asked The People’s Alliance (PA) party to remove a video addressing the Denarau land deal from its Facebook page. In a statement, the FEO said it received a complaint on the video published by The People’s Alliance in which Y3 Kofera Trust chairman Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci was purporting to be...

2022 General Election: Chaudhry reveals why he is running for polls again

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he is standing again in the 2022 General Election because he can’t bear the “wrongs” of the FijiFirst government. “A leader has a responsibility to the people, a duty to the people and to fight injustice,” he said. “We can’t just take all of these wrong things being...

2022 General Election: ‘We will remove fear’ – Rabuka

The rights and freedom of Fijians are under threat and abused under the FijiFirst government, says The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Speaking in Lautoka, he said fear among Fijians has been part of the current government’s machinery since 2006. He said the leaders of FijiFirst were “experts in its use”. “Basically people fear...

2022 General Election: SODELPA will not go into coalition with FijiFirst – Koroisavou

We will not sleep on the same bed with the same people who took us out, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) campaign director Jope Koroisavou. He said this while answering questions from this newspaper regarding any potential FijiFirst party (FFP) and SODELPA coalition after the 2022 General Election. “I think that the (SODELPA) leader...

2022 General Election: Vote for a good government – Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says if people do not vote out the FijiFirst government in the 2022 General Election, Fijians will continue to remain in their control. While speaking to supporters in Lautoka over the weekend, he said Fijians should exercise their right to vote if they want change. “If we fail to...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM descends to lowest of personal attacks – Prof Biman

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has descended to the lowest of personal attacks, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. His comments come in the wake of claims made by Mr Bainimarama during a campaign rally in Nakurukuru, Lami. Mr Bainimarama said Prof Prasad would agree to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs...

Former Pakistan PM Khan calls off protest march to avoid creating ‘havoc’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month, said on Saturday he was calling off his protest march to Islamabad because he feared it would cause havoc in the country. Khan has been holding country-wide protests to push the...

27th November

Vendors’ delight: Three TV sets installed at the market

Market vendors in Labasa will no longer worry about finding a television set during working hours to watch next weekend’s Dubai 7s. Government yesterday, through Walesi, installed three television sets in the market much to their delight. Vendor Dharmen Prasad said this was the best Christmas gift for the vendors who could now relax at...

Equatorial Guinea president wins re-election, VP says on Twitter

DAKAR (Reuters) -Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has won re-election with 95% of the Nov. 20 vote and his party took all the senate and parliament seats, his son Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Twitter on Saturday. Reuters was not able to immediately verify the claim. A win would given Obiang,...

2022 General Election: ‘Power in your hands’; Party to move Fiji away from military rule – Narube

The power is in the hands of the people, says Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube. While speaking to supporters in Lautoka yesterday, he said Fijians had the right to vote for a new government if they were not happy with the current leadership. “When you look at the Unity Fiji party you will see...

2022 General Election: ‘Development under FijiFirst done faster’

FijiFirst will continue operating along the lines of existing policies on development that has cemented the party’s track record while in power. This, according to FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. Speaking during a party campaign in Navua on Friday, Mr Bainimarama said development done by his government over the years was done at a faster...

Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is for world’s strongest nuclear force

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful nuclear force, as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of North Korea’s largest ballistic missile, state media reported on Sunday. The announcement comes after Kim inspected a test of the...

2022 General Election: Saneem dismisses complaint lodged against Fiji PM

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has dismissed a complaint lodged against FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama and general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The complaint was lodged by Unity Fiji’s Mick Beddoes following the FijiFirst party campaign in Nausori. “Having reviewed the statements, it noted that Mr Bainimarama was in fact providing his opinion on the aftermath...

2022 General Election: Residents reminded of false promises

People are fed up of the FijiFirst party’s false promises, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Speaking to supporters at a rally in Lautoka, Prof Prasad highlighted a number of failed projects that the FijiFirst Government have yet to deliver. “Everywhere we go people are telling us they are fed up of what...

2022 General Election: ‘This is your party’ – Rabuka

The People’s Alliance is an inclusive party that does not require “perfect” people to be a part of it, says leader Sitiveni Rabuka. He said this when asked why he exited the Social Democratic Liberal Party during a campaign meeting in Qarani Village, Gau, recently. “This is the only political party in Fiji that doesn’t...

Kuruleca: ‘Ethnic data will help us identify best interventions’

Well-known local psychotherapist Selina Kuruleca has challenged government’s decision not to provide ethnic data from census and surveys. In an interview on the Fiji Times Online digital program ‘The Lens @177’, she was asked what the ethnic data was telling her in terms of cases she has received or treated. “I have a lot of...

U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk

(Reuters) -The Biden administration has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE because they pose “an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules, which also bar the sale or import of equipment made by Chinese surveillance equipment...

2022 General Election: Pareti-Warid stands for unrepresented voices

Liliana Pareti-Warid says she is standing in this year’s 2022 General Election to be a voice for the unrepresented members in the community. She has worked at the ANZ bank in Fiji and Vanuatu then later joined the Asian Development Bank while she was based in Sydney. She has a degree in Information Technology from...

2022 General Election: Don’t let your vote go to waste – Vosarogo

Do not let your vote go to waste, vote for a party that you know will cross the 5 per cent threshold. The People’s Alliance (PA) candidate for the 2022 polls, Filimoni Vosarogo said this to attendees at a campaign in Veikoba, Valelevu, on Wednesday evening. A lawyer by profession, Mr Vosarogo reminded supporters of...

Women across Latin America march against violence in day of protests

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – From Buenos Aires to Bogota, women across Latin America took to the streets on Friday in marches to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, demanding more action from authorities. In Mexico City, feminist associations marched down Reforma Avenue, one of the capital’s main arteries, chanting with...

26th November

A large number of Union members and their supporters march through Nadi Town to raise grievances of the Air Terminal Service workers yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

2022 General Election: Trade unions ‘vital’

The massive termination of Fijian workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder of the vital role trade unions play in securing labour protection, says The People’s Alliance deputy leader Manoa Kamikamica. While speaking to former airline workers at a party rally in Nadi this week, he said trade unions were...

2022 General Election: ‘Right to hold strikes will be respected’

The right to hold strikes and peaceful marches by members of trade unions will be respected by a The People’s Alliance-led government. Deputy party leader Manoa Kamikamica said this while speaking at a rally with aviation industry workers in Nadi this week. “The People’s Alliance recognises that strikes continue to be an essential ultimate tool...

2022 General Election: Time for change – Kamikamica

The People’s Alliance-led government will ensure trade unions take their seat at the negotiating table when it comes to issues concerning workers’ rights, says deputy party leader Manoa Kamikamica. Speaking to former aviation industry workers in Nadi this week, Mr Kamikamica claimed the weakening of trade unions by the FijiFirst Government had not stopped, and...

2022 General Election: ‘FICAC removes corruption’

It is because of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) that Fiji’s corruption rating dropped from 55 to 45 out of 180 countries. Prime Minister and FijiFirst party (FFP) leader Voreqe Bainimarama said this at a campaign rally in Nakurukuru, Lami, on Thursday evening. He said the Sitiveni Rabuka-led The People’s Alliance (PA) party’s...

Biman: ‘PM and A-G too busy pointing fingers to see their own wrongs’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claimed Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum were too busy pointing fingers at NFP and The People’s Alliance to see their own wrongs. “So these two men, when they talk about 1987, they forget 2000 and 2006,” he said at a rally in Kinoya this week...

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