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Bune is Labour’s deputy leader

Poseci Bune has been appointed deputy leader of the Fiji Labour Party as it gears up to fight the next general elections in 2006. The appointment was made at the Party’s parliamentary caucus meeting in Suva on Friday. Bune replaces…

Labour replies to nationalist propaganda

Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry has rejected outright propaganda that only a Fijian prime minister can effectively serve the interests of the indigenous Fijian community. Fiji has had exclusively Fijian governments since the 1987 coups and yet the plight of the…

Labour slams govt’s discriminatory education policy

The SDL government’s discriminatory policy on free education for Fijian Form 7 students has prompted Labour to slam it as racist claiming that it discriminated against hundreds of poor students from Indian and other minority families. As the school year…

Labour slams govt’s discriminatory education policy

The SDL government’s discriminatory policy on free education for Fijian Form 7 students has prompted Labour to slam it as racist claiming that it discriminated against hundreds of poor students from Indian and other minority families. As the school year…

Labour seeks Police investigation on TV One report

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has written to the Police asking for an investigation into a Fiji TV One report  which predicted the possibility of a Labour win in the next general elections leading to opposition and instability. TV One claimed…

Army queries pension payment to convicted VP

The army has questioned the SDL government’s decision to pay a pension to the former Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli who was convicted and imprisoned for coup-related charges but later released by government. It also questioned government’s decision to grant…

New VP on mission to unite country

Fiji’s new Vice President, Bau high chief Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi said after his swearing in yesterday that he would work towards towards healing the nation’s ethnic divide. He told the media he considered it his duty to take up the…

FLP wants Suva’s squatter problem resolved

The FLP has called on government to take immediate steps to address the mounting squatter problem in Suva. In a statement issued today, Leader of the Opposition, Mahendra Chaudhry said that the steady mushrooming of squatter settlements was a damning…

Australian High Commissioner mugged

Australia’s High Commissioner Jennifer Rawson was mugged while out on a walking exercise early Saturday morning and received serious injuries to her face. She was evacuated to Australia for treatment later the same day. Rawson’s attack is the latest in…

Take death threats seriously: Labour

The Fiji Labour has criticized the police for not taking seriously reports of a plot to assassinate Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry and three other Party executives. It follows comments on Fiji TV last night by Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes that…

Now a plot to assassinate the army chief!

The army is investigating reports of a plot to assassinate army commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Bainimarama told The Fiji Times that the army was informed of a plot to assassinate him by a Member of Parliament who overheard the plot…

Chaudhry in Death threat

Mahendra Chaudhry and three other outspoken executive members of the Fiji Labour Party are targets in an alleged assassination plot. Police are treating the threat seriously and are holding a former soldier for questioning in connection with the plot. The…

Govt policies cause of poverty, says Labour Senator

Labour Senator Atu Emberson-Bain says government’s market driven policies have reduced close to 50% of Fiji’s population to living around or below the poverty line. And 47% of the nation’s workers were earning wages below the poverty line. “Even with…

National security top priority, says army chief

Army commander Frank Bainimarama says he would not allow anyone to tamper with national security. He warned: “If we don’t act, this country will go to the dogs and no investor will want to come here.” Speaking to The Fiji…

National security top priority, says army chief

Army commander Frank Bainimarama says he would not allow anyone to tamper with national security. He warned: “If we don’t act, this country will go to the dogs and no investor will want to come here.” Speaking to The Fiji…

FLP seeks Aussie help in ensuring good governance

The Fiji Labour Party has written to the Australian High Commissioner Jennifer Rawson regarding the special ministerial dispensation given to convicted VP Jope Seniloli which offends against the principle of good governance. The Party has called on the Australian Government…

Seniloli release an endorsement of Fiji coup: army

The early prison release of Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli represents an endorsement of the 2000 coup, the Fiji Military Forces said. Military spokesman Captain Neumi Leweni said what had happened made a mockery of the military, police and more…

Labour queries pension payment to convicted VP

The Labour Party has criticised government’s decision to pay a pension to Seniloli convicted of a serious criminal activity. Fiji’s convicted Vice President, Ratu Jope Seniloli, has resigned from office. “Non-contributory pensions are withheld from civil servants who are found…

Prime Minister visits Takiveikata in jail

The Fiji Labour Party is reliably informed that Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase on Sunday paid a visit in jail to see Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, on life imprisonment for inciting the army mutiny of 2000. Takiveikata, high chief of Naitasiri was…

Vice president out of jail on CSO order

Vice President Jope Seniloli’s release from prison on a compulsory supervision order has sparked off strong criticism from the army. Army commander Frank Bainimarama described the move as a threat to national security, and questioned government’s motive in releasing a…

PM’s Senate nominee gets life in army mutiny case

A Senate nominee of Prime Minister Qarase, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, has received a life sentence for inciting the army mutiny of November 2000. Ratu Inoke, the Qaranivalu and high chief of Naitasiri, also received an additional 18 month jail term…

Chaudhry opts for Opposition Leader’s job

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry announced Thursday he was ready to take on the post of Leader of the Opposition. It follows Labour’s decision reached at the Party’s National Council meeting on Saturday not to pursue its right under Section 99…

Overseas Experts to examine Coup evidence

Handwriting experts from New Zealand will be in the country to examine evidence related to the May 2000 Coup.   The examined evidence could lead to fresh charges against those individuals already on trial, as well as for those who have…

Doomsday Budget 2005, says Labour

The SDL Government’s Budget 2005 is a doomsday Budget which warns of severe economic problems and tough times ahead for the people of Fiji. The Budget is finally an admission by the Government of its own failure – a failure…

Doomsday Budget 2005, says Labour

The SDL Government’s Budget 2005 is a doomsday Budget which warns of severe economic problems and tough times ahead for the people of Fiji. The Budget is finally an admission by the Government of its own failure – a failure…

Multi-Ethnic Affairs Minister Resigns

Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs, George Shiu Raj, resigned from his position in the SDL Government today.  He has been under increasing pressure this week after the Auditor-General’s 2003 report revealed abuse of office and misuse of government funds pertaining to…

Naitasiri Chief faces drunken driving charges

The Naitasiri high chief, Turaga Na Qaranivalu Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, has been charged for driving his van into the Suva waterfront whilst allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Ratu Inoke was interviewed at the Central Police Station last night and…

PM knew about 2000 Coup

Fiji Labour Party has lodged an official complaint to police against Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase alleging he had prior knowledge of the May 2000 coup. The complaint comes two years after the Labour MP, Mr Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi, made the…

Financial Anomalies at Nasinu Town Council queried by Bune

Revelations have surfaced that the Nasinu Town Council which is run by the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) had been engaging itself in unscrupulous and questionable deals. Public Accounts Committee Chairman, Poseci Bune has called on the Auditor General to…

Government Senator warns Police Chief

Government nominated Senator, Apisai Tora, who is facing coup related charges warned Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes in the Senate yesterday. Mr Hughes was the target of verbal attacks in the Senate. “Hughes has the nerve and gall to come to…

Hindu Temple Vandalized in Labasa

Police are investigating a link between an attack by vandals on a temple in Labasa and the judgment of the coup trial that was delivered on 6 August. Four Labasa-area businesses also received bomb threats just hours before the judgment…

Rumblings within the army continues

The Army Commander continues to face allegations that he had planned to overthrow the SDL government. The media claims to have access to confidential documents that implicate the army Commander Frank Bainimarama. It is alleged that the Commander was the…

Judgement against Vice-President and Others

IN THE HIGH COURT OF FIJI AT SUVA CRIMINAL JURISDICTION CRIMINAL CASE NO: HAC 028 OF 2003S STATE V. RATU JOPE SENILOLI RATU RAKUITA VAKALALABURE VILIAME VOLAVOLA ISIRELI LEWENIQILA PECELI RINAKAMA VILIAME SAVU Hearing: 19th July 2004 Ruling: 27th July…

Coup five get jail terms of up to 6 years

The Vice President and four others who took illegal oaths to serve under the Speight government in the 2000 coup, have been jailed for terms ranging from one year to six years. Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, Deputy Speaker of…

Multi -party Cabinet

FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has written to Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase seeking information on the 33 ministerial portfolios he now proposes to establish. In a letter to Mr. Chaudhry on 21 July, Mr. Qarase said that he now proposed a…

FLP caucus meets on multi-party Cabinet

The Fiji Labour Party caucus met for several hours today, following the official opening of Parliament by His Excellency the President. Discussions focussed on a letter of invitation to FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry, from Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, to join…

Labour pays tribute to Ro Lady Lala Mara

The Fiji Labour Party mourns the passing away of a great lady who served as mother to the nation for many years. We are saddened by the death of Ro Lady Lala Mara, the Roko Tui Dreketi, Radini Nayau and…

Summary of the Court’s Opinion

1. Subsection 99(3) of the Constitution of Fiji requires that the Prime Minister to establish a multi-party Cabinet in the way set out in that section. The Prime Minister is required by subsection 99(5) to invite all political parties with…

Auditor General must investigate shipping irregularities

Fiji Labour Party today called on the Auditor general to urgently investigate the irregularities involving the shipping franchise scheme under which vessels are still being paid despite expiry of their contracts. How can the ministry unilaterally decide on a matter…

Government moves to oust Council of Chiefs’ chairman

A clash between the SDL government and Great Council of Chiefs chairman Ratu Epeli Ganilau is inevitable as government names another to replace him on the chiefs’ council. In a surprise move yesterday Government named northerner Ratu Ratavo Lalabalavu to…

Labour slams President’s decision to scrap army inquiry

The Labour Party has branded as hypocrisy a call by the President and the Prime Minister for respect for the rule of law regarding their decision to call off an inquiry into allegations against the army commander. President Josefa Iloilo…

SDL stance is in contempt of Supreme Court Ruling – Labour

The Fiji Labour Party today claimed that the stance and attitude of the SDL government were in breach of the Supreme Court Ruling. In statement today, FLP Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said statements in the media by the SDL that…

Multi-party cabinet decision is overdue – Labour

The Fiji Labour Party has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in the delivery of the Multi-Party cabinet case ruling on the issue of FLP’s cabinet entitlement that was jointly referred to the Supreme Court by the government and the…

Adi Litia Cakobau’s insensitive remarks

The Fiji Labour Party strongly condemns the divisive and xenophobic motion titled “What’s in a name – Fijian”, in the Senate, which was moved by Senator Adi Litia Cakobau. As a mover of the motion is a government nominee, the…

McDonald heads Fiji Sugar Corporation

Agriculture Minister Jonetani Galuinadi, named the new FSC board on 29 June with Ross McDonald as the chairman. Mr. McDonald replaced Hafiz Khan, and a former Cabinet Minister Charles Walker was named as vice chairman. Other board members include former…

Deposed PM gives evidence at the trial of the country’s VP

Vice President, Ratu Jope Seniloli is standing trial in the High Court in Suva, alongside five others – Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Sports Minister Isireli Lewiniqila, Viliame Volavola, Viliame Savu and Peceli Rainikama. The charges…

GCC Chairman calls on Ratu Jope Seniloli to step down

Great Council of Chiefs, Chairman, Ratu Epeli Ganilau called on the Vice- President Ratu Jope Seniloli to resign after he was charged with administering unlawful oaths for allegedly swearing in members of George Speight’s cabinet in 2000. Simione Kaitani, the…

Top Methodist priest backed coup motives

Media reports that the Methodist Church supported the abrogation of the Constitution and the removal of the President. Media also reports of a document, written by Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi, who was a former president of the church and now a…

FLP wants 2001 poll investigated

The Fiji Labour Party has officially written to the Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, calling for an investigation into the 2001 General Election. The Party has called for an investigation into the 2001 General Elections after revelations that there were no…

SDL government announces racist education policy

The SDL Government has proposed an education blueprint to provide free education to all Fijian and Rotuman form 7 students, leaving non-indigenous students out of the scheme. Fijian and Rotuman students attending form seven will qualify to get full scholarship…

Economy

The Prime Minister’s forecasted 8 percent economic growth in 2004 is preposterous because experts are predicting otherwise. Mr. Sukhdev Shah, a former International Monetary Fund economist and currently a lecturer of Economics at University of the South Pacific, has predicted…

Doom predicted for Fiji’s economy

Mr. Sukhdev Shah, a former International Monetary Fund economist and currently a lecturer in the Economics department at University of the South Pacific, has predicted an economic doom for Fiji over the next two years unless the Government cuts its…

Tribute to Joeli Kalou

The Fiji Labour Party mourns the death of one of its founder members, Senator Joeli Kalou who passed away at the CWM Hospital at 4am today after a short illness. Mr. Kalou, educator, trade unionist and politician, was an executive…

Comment on Commonwealth Secretary General statement on Fiji

The Fiji Labour Party has questioned the statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon that Fiji was taken off the Commonwealth Ministerial Group (CMAG) watchlist because of the progress made here in dealing with outstanding constitutional issues. “Obviously, Mr McKinnon has…

Army warns on amnesty Bill

The Fiji army has warned it will not stand by and let “power hungry individuals manipulate the process of the law to suit their hidden agendas”. The statement from army spokesman Captain Neumi Leweni comes in the wake of calls…

FLP disappointed with CMAG decision

The Fiji Labour Party expresses its disgust at CMAG’s decision to remove Fiji from its list of countries under monitor for human rights abuses. FLP questions the basis on which the CMAG decision was made considering that it did not…

Military chief to face investigation

Fiji Military Forces commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, will be investigated for allegations that he wanted to topple the government if his work contract was not to be renewed early this year. His Commander -in- Chief and President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo,…

Senator Bain criticised government tax deal for Fiji TV

The government’s intention, in the June sitting of Parliament, to introduce a Bill that offers exclusive tax exemption to Fiji Television has been strongly criticized by Labour Senator, Dr. ‘Atu Emberson-Bain. Senator Emberson-Bain says that the upcoming Income Tax (Amendment)…

NFU launches books on Girmit

The National Farmers Union has launched two historical publications to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Girmityas to Fiji on 14 May 1879: a souvenir magazine titled Girmityas and a book Children of the Indus which…

NFU wins cane growers polls

The National Farmers Union retained its majority support in the cane belt winning 22 of the 38 seats contested in the Sugar Cane Growers Council elections on Saturday, 24 April. It had increased its support by one seat compared to…

Talanoa VII

Mahendra Chaudhry the parliamentary leader of Fiji Labour Party and Laisenia Qarase the Prime Minister met on 14-15 April for the Seventh Talanoa since this dialogue series began in late 2000. Sugar industry reform and land were on the agenda…

Flash floods in Fiji

Floods have left a trail of destruction in Suva, Ra, Naitasiri and Northern Tailevu in the Easter weekend and Navua plus the southern coast of Viti Levu on Thursday the 15 April. The latest floods affected the Navua town and…

Squatters ignored by the Government – FLP comes to rescue

Nabua squatter settlement, on the outskirts of Suva Town was one of those areas’ that was severely damaged by the recent floods. The forty seven- families housed by the settlement have received no attention from the media or the government….

Obituary – Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

It is with a deep sense of sorrow and personal loss that I received news of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s death . His passing away, at the age of 84, signifies the end of an era for our nation. Ratu…

Labour hits out at Qarase’s statement in NZ

The Fiji Labour Party today hit out at Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s statement in New Zealand which it described as highly charged with racial overtones. Mr Qarase’s statement covertly justifying the illegal overthrow of democratically elected Labour governments is despicable…

Labour hits out at Qarase’s statement in NZ

The Fiji Labour Party today hit out at Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s statement in New Zealand which it described as highly charged with racial overtones. Mr Qarase’s statement covertly justifying the illegal overthrow of democratically elected Labour governments is despicable…

FLP’s multi-party cabinet case

The claim by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mills Beddoes and Mr Prem Singh that the Cabinet case filed by the Fiji Labour Party is a political ploy to build up support for the 2006 General Elections is an…

FLP’s multi-party cabinet case

The claim by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mills Beddoes and Mr Prem Singh that the Cabinet case filed by the Fiji Labour Party is a political ploy to build up support for the 2006 General Elections is an…

Girmit Divas – 7-15 May 2004

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is organising celebrations to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival in Fiji in 1879 of the first Indians, Girmityas, who served under the Indenture System. The celebrations are to be held in all major…

NLTB computer deal questionable – Labour

The Fiji Labour Party today expressed concern over media reports that NLTB has awarded tender for information technology services to an overseas company, Tui Consultancy, for over $21 millions dollars. In a statement issued today, former Attorney General in the…

Labour queries irregularities in sale of Daily Post

The sale of government shares in the Daily Post to what appears to be a bogus company, in blatant violation of tender requirements, raises some serious questions. The deal with Belmont Trading Ltd has been struck secretly without the sale…

Labour welcomes US State Department report on human rights

The Fiji Labour Party welcomed the Fiji Human Rights Practices Report prepared by the State Department of the United States for the US Congress and for highlighting the human rights problems that persist in Fiji. FLP Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry…

Milk Monopoly a rip-off!

Fiji Labour Party today calls on the government to open up markets for the milk industry so that the problem of shortage can be solved immediately. Rewa Dairy has failed to meet the demand for milk in the country despite…

Talanoa Meeting

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry resume their Talanoa talks, brokered by Hawaii based East-West Centre, Director, Dr Sitiveni Halapua. The talks begin tomorrow at the Sheraton Denarau Resort in Nadi and will end on…

US report attacks Fiji’s racial policies

Racism is a serious problem in Fiji. This assessment was made in the Fiji Human Rights Practises Report for 2003 prepared by State Department of the United States for the US Congress. It clearly highlights that an ethnic divide exists…

Security on Alert

The re-appointment of Army Commander, Commodore Voqere Bainimarama has created a lot of tension within the country. National security is at stake at present with intelligence report suggesting possible destabilisation of the country from within the Military. The rift between…

Labour in a Landslide Victory

Fiji Labour Party retained its Tavua Open Constituency seat in a landslide victory on Friday. FLP won the seat in the first count. In the one day poll, FLP’s Damodran Nair scooped the highest number of votes with 5997 votes,…

CEO appointments not merited – FLP Leader

The Fiji Labour Party says that the appointment of many current permanent secretaries as CEOs of respective government departments was unnecessary, unjustified and smacked of elitism and was clearly a case of mutton dressed as lamb. In a statement issued…

Labour condemns compromise of rule of law

Fiji Labour Party condemns the deferment of coup related cases against prominent personalities until February next year. Deputy Speaker Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, Sports Minister Isireli Leweniqila, Viliame Savu, Peceli Rinakama and Viliame Volavola appeared in…

FLP pleased with by-election win

The Fiji Labour Party is very pleased with its landslide victory in the by-election for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal constituency seat. In the first ever one day poll, FLP’s Mohammed Rafiq scooped the highest number of votes with 4347…

Chaudhry protest removal of returning officer in Saturday polls

The Fiji Labour Party has lodged a strong protest with the Supervisor of Elections against his sudden decision to revoke the appointment DO Macuata Abdul Ayub as assistant returning officer for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal Constituency by-election a day…

Labasa By-Election

Eleven thousand voters go to the on Saturday polls in the by-election for Labasa Rural Indian Communal seat scheduled for Saturday 6 December made vacant by the death of Labour MP Latif Subedar. The five-way battle gets underway at 7am…

Korovou sentencing too lenient

Fiji Labour Party is concerned at the leniency shown in the sentencing Varinava Tiko and six others who were involved in the siege of Korovou town at the height of the 2000 political turmoil. The seven were sentenced by Nausori…

PM promises select committee on land

The Fiji Labour Party welcomes the decision by the Prime Minister to convene a parliamentary select committee early next year to resolve the land issue. This assurance by the Prime Minister was given in Parliament on Wednesday when he was…

FLP responds to NLTB and SCGC

The Fiji Labour Party will not accept any resolution to the land issue that does not guarantee long term security for farmers or denies their basic human rights, Labour Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said. He was responding to claims by…

Cost of 500 items up in 2004 Budget

The SDL government has increased duty by 5% on hundreds of food and everyday consumer items ranging from rice, tea, honey and biscuits to toothpaste and shoe polish in its 2004 Budget. The move, expected to increase government revenue by…

FLP Candidate for the Tavua Open Constituency

The Fiji Labour Party management board has unanimously endorsed Mr Damodran Nair as its candidate for the Tavua Open Constituency by-election. Mr Nair is a farm advisor with the Fiji Sugar Corporation, based in the Tagitagi sector. He has been with FSC…

2004 Budget – a failing economy

It is a disappointingly flat budget. The SDL government has run out of ideas on how to get Fiji’s economy back on track. The budget measures fail to address the serious problems facing our economy. The budget does little to…

Girmit Council representation to the Great Council of Chiefs

National Farmers Union has questioned the mandate of the Girmit Council and the chief executive of the Sugar Cane Growers Council to make representation to the Great Council of Chiefs on behalf of the Indian community. “The reported nature of…

Proposed Bill to Restructure the Sugar Industry

NFU has warned government to consult with it on its proposed restructure of the sugar industry or “face the consequences of its intransigence”. In a letter to the Minister for Agriculture, Sugar & Land Resettlement Hon Jonetani K Galuinadi last…