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US and Russia on Syrian Airspace

Posted: October 1, 2015 at 7:36 am   /   Politics

Iranian troops arrived in Syria to support the al-Assad government, according to some Lebanese sources on Thursday; this is a sign that the civil war is becoming more regional and global. “The vanguard of Iranian ground forces began arriving in Syria – soldiers and officers specifically to participate in this battle. They are not advisers… […]

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Pope Francis’ Call to Congress

Posted: September 27, 2015 at 5:26 am   /   Politics

During the Pope’s historic speech to the US Congress, he basically rearranged the political priorities of American Catholics leading a public life. In his short address, he mentioned little of abortion and same-sex marriage. Pope Francis (who is actually the first Pope to address the US Congress, and the first Pope from Latin America) put […]

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Back into the fold

Posted: September 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm   /   Politics

The island republic of Fiji, troubled but potentially prosperous, went to the polls on September 17th in the first election since the armed forces seized power in December 2006. Early results suggest that Frank Bainimarama, who became prime minister on the back of that coup, has polled strongly, with his Fiji First Party securing perhaps […]

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Fiji to develop relations with Arab countries

Posted: June 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm   /   Politics

Fiji will develop and pursue relations with Arab countries, something previous governments have failed to do despite a presence in the Middle East for over 30 years. Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama revealed this in his statement to the Arab League – Pacific Island Summit in Abu Dhabi on 24th June. Bainimarama says Fiji has […]

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Elections in Fiji not possible before 2014

Posted: February 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm   /   Politics

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says it is not possible to return the country to democracy before 2014. He made the comments in response to a petition – containing 600,000 signatures calling for elections to be held before the end of this year. Bainimarama says changes have to be implemented first before Government is going […]

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US reaffirms it’s stand for Fiji

Posted: October 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm   /   Politics

The US Government has taken the first step to reaffirm its stand that yesterday’s ruling will not make much difference to its stance, and that is for Fiji to return to democratic rule as soon as possible. The Bush Administration says aid suspension to Fiji will remain despite yesterdays ruling. The suspension of certain US […]

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President acted within power says Court

Posted: October 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm   /   Politics

Fiji’s Supreme Court has ruled that the President acted in the interest of peace, order, and good governance, following the takeover in December 2006. Delivering their judgment in the case of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase against the overthrow of his government, the panel of judges found that no other course of action was available […]

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No Elections in Fiji in 2009 says Bainimarama

Posted: July 18, 2008 at 9:32 pm   /   Politics

Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says there will be no elections next year. Bainimarama has made the announcement in an exclusive interview this afternoon with Radio Fiji News journalist Masimeke Latianara. He made the revelation upon being asked whether Fiji would have general elections next year. Bainimarama says the initial plan by Cabinet was […]

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Provinces given deadline

Posted: July 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm   /   Politics

Great Council of Chiefs Task Team chairman Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo says all provinces will have to submit the names of their Great Council of Chiefs nominees to the interim government – by the 15th of July. Bua, Macuata, Serua, Lau and Rotuma have confirmed their nominees to the council, bringing the number of confirmed candidates […]

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Moti issue ‘led to Sogavare downfall’

Posted: December 16, 2007 at 8:58 pm   /   Politics

Solomon’s caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s protection of his Fiji-born Attorney-General, Julian Moti, has been identified as the issue that led to his ousting from national office. Sogavare was defeated in a no-confidence motion tabled by his former Education Minister Dr Derrick Sikua last week. Media reports have quoted Opposition Leader Fred Fono as saying […]

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