Politics

SODELPA members urged to respect selection process

Members and supporters of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) have been urged to respect the selection process of the party leader and deputy party leader. In a statement this afternoon party president, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau urged members and supporters to respect due processes that will be undertaken for the appointment of the party leader...

Rabuka lodges complaint over donations to FijiFirst

Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka has lodged a complaint with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on Friday over donations made to the FijiFirst party. Mr Rabuka said FICAC was to investigate how much was donated to FijiFirst and who the donors were. “The application of the law is on how much people donated and who can make donations to the party,” he said....

Rabuka files police complaint against PM Bainimarama

Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka says comments made against him by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama could incite animosity or distrust within groups of people in our society. Yesterday, the Opposition Leader lodged a complaint at the Totogo Police Station against Mr Bainimarama. He said the complaint was in relation to the utterances Mr Bainimarama made against...

Rabuka and Ratu Epenisa tangle over listening trip

Social Democratic Liberal Party president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau has quizzed SODELPA and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka over his participation in the National Federation Party’s (NFP) listening tour this year. Correspondence obtained by The Fiji Times revealed Ratu Epenisa had written to Mr Rabuka on October 1, raising concerns about Mr Rabuka’s association with NFP and...

Party leaders laud democratic process, congratulate US President-elect

Fijians have a lot to learn from the US election that leaders can only be replaced and elected through ballot in a democratic country, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Now that the people have spoken, he said, the newly elected US president Joe Biden should be respected. Mr Biden was elected the 46th...

Nasinu a ‘vital turf’ for party

The Nasinu constituency is an important turf for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) because of its size, says party leader Sitiveni Rabuka during the constituency’s annual general meeting at the Rishikul Sanatan College yesterday. He reminded supporters it was important for people to choose their leaders wisely within the constituency. He then thanked the Nasinu...

Rabuka seeks legal advice over PM Bainimarama’s attack

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka is contemplating legal action against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for comments made against him. Mr Rabuka was responding to Mr Bainimarama’s statement during the commemorative service last week to remember the lives of soldiers killed during the 2000 mutiny at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks...

A-G responds to Prof Biman’s claim

People who know about the sugar industry, in particular how cane payments are made should not politicise the issue, says attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He was responding to National Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad who said there are now “grave doubts” that Government would pay the guaranteed price of cane — $85 per tonne for...

Writ filed in court against Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections

Supervisor of Elections and Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has been sued by lawyer Adish Narayan and his Nadi-based law firm, AK Lawyers. A writ was filed in the High Court in Lautoka on October 28 against Mr Saneem for alleged defamation. Mr Narayan and AK Lawyers were engaged by National Federation Party leader...

Biman: No talks on alliances with other parties

National Federation Party (NFP) leader Prof Biman Prasad says he will not engage in discussion about alliances with any political party in the lead up to the 2022 polls. Speaking to this newspaper, he said NFP’s key focus was highlighting the issues people were facing, in the hope that assistance could be provided to them....

Opposition party leaders out to hear people

Two political party leaders have put aside political beliefs and ideologies and embarked on a four-day “Listening Tour” to hear directly from the people the issues and challenges they were facing during this COVID-19 period. The tour of the Western Division began in Sigatoka yesterday. Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka said Fijians were suffering in silence...

Fijian PM calls on world leaders for global solidarity and urgency

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says climate change and the coronavirus may be very different beasts but the inequities they have exposed are all-too-familiar for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In his virtual address at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday, Mr Bainimarama called for solidarity, commitment and urgency in rebuilding the...

Opposition MPs begin listening tour in the Western division

Members of the Opposition began their tour of the Western Division today for the  Parliamentary Opposition Leaders Listening Tour. The traveling party included the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad, Lenora Qereqeretabua and Niko Nawaikula. NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the tour was important for the Opposition members to find...

Battle for top post – SODELPA finalises party leader candidates

Five applicants will vie for the Social Democratic Liberal Party of Fiji (SODELPA) leader position while seven will contest the deputy party leader’s post. Speaking at the party’s management board meeting yesterday in Suva after the finalisation of the applicants’ names, general secretary Emele Duituturaga said they would reveal the names of the new position...

Davis: I want to thank the Prime Minister

Former Australian journalist and Government communications adviser Graham Davis says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has not denied the contents of his Grubsheet Feejee blogsite, including that he wants Inia Seruiratu to be his successor. Responding to criticism from the PM, Mr Davis, who worked as the FijiFirst Government’s principal communications adviser from 2012 to 2018,...

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