Politics

Biman responds to Bainimarama’s ‘attacks’

In his desperate bid to remain in power, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has continued to ridiculously attack Opposition parties in nearly every provincial council meeting, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He was...

AG: Rabuka a ‘weak leader’

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled The People’s Alliance party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, a “weak leader”. In a media conference in Suva yesterday, he said Mr Rabuka chose to remain silent when recently one of his members wrote an article with racist remarks in it. He said Opposition parties make hypocritical and racist statements’...

14th August

Opposition have ‘lost touch’

Opposition members of Parliament seem to have lost touch with things done at village level. Employment Minister Parveen Kumar said this as he handed certificates to a group of 198 due to leave the country under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme. He said villages were not empty because of the scheme. “It is...

Biman hits out at A-G

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should be the last person lecturing youth about the Fijian economy because the FijiFirst Government has taken the country deeper into debt. He was responding to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments during International Youth Day Celebrations in Suva on Friday where he reiterated the need...

13th August

Federation lists Shiu Raj in provisional line-up

The National Federation Party yesterday announced its first batch of provisional candidates for the next general elections that include former acting permanent secretary for Education Basundra Kumar, former Fiji College of General Practitioners president Dr John Fatiaki, and former Cabinet minister George Shiu Raj. Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said they would be announcing the...

12th August

FEO: Booklet for visually impaired persons

To ensure the general election is accessible for everyone, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will prepare and place an A4-sized voter instruction booklet (VIB) for visually impaired persons at every polling station. This was one of the outcomes of a meeting held between the Supervisor of Elections and the Elections Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG)...

$503m loan

Government will borrow $503 million in the 2022-2023 financial year, the Ministry of Economy’s Annual Borrowing Plan report released on Monday says. The report says Government will receive $118.1 million by September 2022 for its Sustainable and Resilient Recovery Program from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). And between October 2022 and January 2023, Government...

Borrowing plans – $1.17 billion to cover estimated net deficit of $872.2 million

Government intends to borrow $1.17 billion in the 2022-2023 financial year to cover the estimated net deficit of $872.2 million in its 2022-2023 budget and estimated debt payments of $307.5 million. This is stated in the Annual Borrowing Plan report released by the Ministry of Economy on Monday. “The Fijian Government will continue to pursue...

11th August

PM Bainimarama should have decency and courtesy to inform Fijians of election date – Biman

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama should have the decency and courtesy of informing people in Fiji about the election date instead of talking about it to a group of Fijians in the United States, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. “His comment that he wasn’t sure about the date but it would be held...

SODELPA calls for clarity from Saneem

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Viliame Gavoka has called for clarity from Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem on the comments made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about the 2022 General Election being carried out “quickly”. While speaking with members of the Fijian diaspora at the Doubletree Hotel in San Francisco last week, the PM...

10th August

Gavoka: ‘Door closed’ for SODELPA ticket

The door has closed. That’s the response from Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka when quizzed by this newspaper if there was still time for other sitting SODELPA members to apply for a ticket under the party’s banner in the 2022 General Election. He confirmed that only eight sitting SODELPA MP’s were in the...

9th August

Ro Teimumu named candidate

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) vice-president Ro Teimumu Kepa has been confirmed as a provisional party candidate in the upcoming general election. Her name was announced with six new SODELPA provisional candidates last weekend by party leader Viliame Gavoka, bringing the potential candidate list to 46. The other five provisional candidates are party stalwart and...

FEO to approve designated areas for campaign material

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) is currently in the process of approving the public areas designated for placement of campaign materials for the 2022 General Election. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the process started earlier where the FEO forwarded the list of places from the 2018 General Election to the local municipalities as well...

Changes to Customs Act, A-G says

In a bid to address issues customers face with freight agents and cargo forwarders, there have been amendments made to the Customs Act, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While outlining what the proposed changes would do, the A-G said a lot of people were becoming ad hoc agents and there was a need to license them...

Kuridrani: Worst is yet to come

Opposition parliamentarian Inosi Kuridrani advised Fijians to “be prepared”, warned “the worst was yet to come” and questioned Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s projected growth figures against a forecasted global decline. “The IMF (International Monetary Fund) Revised Global Forecast downwards to 3.2 per cent from the previous forecast of April,” the Opposition member said in Parliament....

All political parties ‘welcome’

Campaigning in the vanua o Tavuki will not be restricted to “only one political party” as the 2022 General Election looms, says turaga na Vunisalevu na Tui Tavuki Ratu Penioni Nacagilevu. The three districts of Tavuki, Ravitaki and Sanima come under the vanua o Tavuki which consists of 24 villages. “I’ve always reminded my people...

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