Politics

U.S. VP Harris to push against China’s Taiwan policy in Japan speech

By Trevor Hunnicutt TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to take aim at China’s actions toward Taiwan during a speech on Wednesday to American sailors serving in Japan. Harris’ trip to...

‘SODELPA will invest $224m in agriculture’

If voted into power, a Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) government will invest $224 million into agriculture, almost four times the $64m invested by the current administration. Speaking at the launch of the SODELPA manifesto last Friday, party leader Viliame Gavoka said the FijiFirst Government budget for agriculture was $64m whereas SODELPA would allocate $224m....

Zelenskiy denounces Russian-staged votes; says there will be good news from the front

(Reuters) – President Volodynyr Zelenskiy issued a fresh denunciation on Tuesday of Russian-staged votes in occupied parts of Ukraine approving proposals to become part of Russia, saying they were a “farce” and could never be described as legitimate referendums. “This farce in the occupied territories cannot even be called an imitation of a referendum,” Zelenskiy...

Lynda: Do the math – Stop wasting taxpayers’ money making vexatious claims, party tells Saneem

Do the math. That was the word from People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya, saying that the Rock the Vote Fiji Facebook page promoted Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem and the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) more than herself or her party. Ms Tabuya said 192 posts from Rock the Vote were on Mr Saneem and...

27th September

Australia flags privacy overhaul after huge cyber attack on Optus

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans to toughen privacy rules to force companies to notify banks faster when they experience cyber attacks, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday, after hackers targeted the country’s second-largest telecoms firm. Optus, owned by Singapore Telecoms Ltd, said last week that home addresses, drivers’ licences and passport numbers of up...

Vision for a liberal nation

Ratu Esava Nabuta believes engaging in politics is one of the greatest acts of public service anyone can do. And that is the reason he put up his hand to be a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party (NFP) to contest the 2022 General Election. Ratu Esava said people should vote for him and...

Vakatora withdraws from party

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Tomasi Vakatora has withdrawn from the party because of health issues. This, according to party leader Viliame Gavoka. While addressing the media at a news conference last week, Mr Gavoka said they had a replacement in place of Mr Vakatora. “Lasarusa Turaga who is part of Suva...

Gavoka on free education, TELS

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) party believes removing the burden of student loans and providing free education up to first degree level is key to Fiji’s socioeconomic development. Party leader Viliame Gavoka outlined this while launching SODELPA’s manifesto last Friday in Suva. He said addressing education, health and indigenous issues were priority areas for...

Italy’s parliamentary seats – YouTrend projection

ROME (Reuters) – A coalition of right-wing parties was projected to have won Italy’s parliamentary election. There is not yet a definitive breakdown of parliamentary seats. The following is a projection by YouTrend of the distribution of seats in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate based on instant polls. Definitive results are expected...

Media encouraged to effectively report on key provisions of Electoral Act

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) encourages the media to continue to effectively report on key provisions of the Electoral Act as well as the principles within the electoral framework to ensure that the 2022 General Election is a free and fair election. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said this in statement highlighting that the FEO...

Japan bans chemical weapons-related goods to Russia, concerned by nuke threats

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has decided to ban exports of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia in an additional sanction against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, and is “deeply concerned” about the possible use of nuclear weapons, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday. Japan also added 21 Russian organisations such as science labs...

26th September

S.Korea’s Yoon says ‘untrue’ media reports damage alliance amid hot mic controversy

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday “untrue” media reports over his remarks threatened to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing on a hot mic during his visit to New York last week. A series of gaffes and controversies overshadowed Yoon’s first major...

Australia plans privacy rule changes after Optus cyber attack

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans changes to its privacy rules so that banks can be alerted faster following cyber attacks at companies, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday, after hackers targeted Australia’s second-largest telecommunications firm. Optus, owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, last week revealed databases containing home addresses, drivers licences and passport numbers of...

Search for candidates – ‘We want more representation from Fijians of Indian descent’

Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube says it has been a challenge trying to get Fijians of Indian descent to join their lineup for the 2022 General Election. The former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor said they were conducting community and village visitations as they prepared for the upcoming polls. “We want more representation from...

Parker hopes for change

Being a school dropout did not deter Felix Parker from pursuing a career in politics. He is a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party (NFP) for the 2022 General Election. Mr Parker said he was inspired to join NFP because of parliamentarians like Lenora Qereqeretabua, Pio Tikoduadua and party leader Professor Biman Prasad. “I...

‘No one will be left behind’

No one will be left behind under a Labour-led government, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. During the announcement of provisional candidates for the 2022 General Election in Nadi recently, the former prime minister said he believed disadvantaged groups must be empowered and that was exactly what a Labour government would focus on. “Labour...

‘What is going on’ – Party deputy leader quizzes Sayed-Khaiyum’s antics

It was shameful that FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had to go first to the media to publicly name politicians who he claims to have breached the Electoral Act before they were notified by the Supervisor of Elections, says The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya. She made this statement during a media conference...

Bainimarama: Give diplomacy a chance

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has appealed to Russian president Vladimir Putin to give diplomacy a chance to bring the war in Ukraine a speedy close. He made this statement while speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. “I am here to condemn not one but three...

‘Respond to queries’ – FEO, Tabuya on ‘Rock The Vote Fiji’ saga

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has been given until September 30 to respond to queries from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) about her involvement with “Rock The Vote Fiji”. Speaking at a media conference in Suva yesterday, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said Rock The Vote Fiji has been referred to the...

25th September

‘Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity’

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect from...

‘It’s a vision, it is hope’ – Bainimarama launches 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific as part of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. In a statement, Mr Bainimarama said the strategy was more than a framework. “It is a vision, it is hope, it is the wind in...

‘Attack is a diversion’ – Tabuya: Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding the Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect...

24th September

Saneem attacks Times

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has questioned the integrity of The Fiji Times, saying social media posts by senior journalist Anish Chand showed “very poor understanding of the legal framework around elections.” At a news conference yesterday, Mr Saneem shared screenshots of a social media post titled ‘Amazing Fiji’ by The Fiji Times West bureau...

Kamikamica questions party democracy, values

There is a wide public perception that the Government is using giveaways including money, equipment, tools, boats, infrastructure and other items to influence voters during an election campaign, says The People’s Alliance (PA) party deputy leader Manoa Kamikamica. Speaking during a news conference yesterday, Mr Kamikamica said government ministers should not use government vehicles to...

Rock the vote – ‘Group not a project of The People’s Alliance’

The Rock the Vote was not a project of The People’s Alliance, says The People’s Alliance (PA) party deputy leader Manoa Kamikamica. However, Mr Kamikamica said they applauded it since the group were doing a civic duty to encourage the citizens to register to vote — and then turn up to vote — which is...

FEO confirms receiving complaint

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has confirmed receiving a complaint from the former National Federation Party provisional candidate Hiroshi Taniguchi. However, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the nature of the complaint was private. “And we will not be able to release any more information to the media until and unless Mr Taniguchi expressly consents...

‘No greater opportunity to serve people of Fiji’

After serving for 20 years as a teacher, three years as a school principal and eight years as a senior academic at the Fiji National University, Basundra Kumar says she is ready to serve the people of Fiji in a different capacity. The Korotiri, Labasa, woman wants to contest the 2022 General Election as a...

Biman: PM was right about ‘wolves’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was right to describe the FijiFirst party as “wolves”. But, he said, a People’s Alliance-NFP government would act as “shepherds” when it came to power after the elections by being fair and compassionate to everyone in Fiji. In an interview on New Zealand-based...

The People’s Alliance Party on FijiFirst’s 19-page complaint: ‘Unjust persecution’

The People’s Alliance party has expressed shock and anger at the “unjust persecution” by the FijiFirst party leading to it being referred to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). Deputy Party leader Manoa Kamikamica said the PA had not even had a chance to respond to the FijiFirst letter. He blasted FijiFirst party general...

23rd September

SODELPA unveils 2022 General Election manifesto

Fijian political party SODELPA unveiled its manifesto for the 2022 General Election this afternoon. This makes it the first political party to release what it has dubbed the Lewenivanua 2022/2023 manifesto budget estimates. Party leader Viliame Gavoka said the budget estimate covered all aspects of government species and was a prerequisite for a government to...

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