From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your November 2 briefing

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As we count down the days leading up to our General Election 2022, on December 14, we have politics continuing on the front page of the Fiji Times’ edition for Friday, December 2.

The big one is based on the 1997 Constitution.

It’s also about appointments of CEOs and permanent secretaries on merit.

The second story on Page 1 is about health and the worrying numbers of new HIV cases.

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Here are some headlines inside:


  • FOR the past four years FijiFirst Government Ministers saw fit to reward themselves with huge salaries while people were struggling to put food on the table.
  • KINOYA koro residents raised concerns about social welfare scheme programs, bus fare top ups for the elderly and the pension eligibility age during a meeting with Fiji Labour Party officials this week.
  • FIJI labour Party (FLP) leader Mahendra Chaudhry says a Labour government will increase the social welfare food voucher for senior citizens from the current $50 and $100 to $200 per person if they win the 2022 General Election.
  • SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has acknowledged findings by the Australian Associated Press (AAP) in relation to information that is being spread in Fiji regarding the presence of the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) and its conduct of the Fijian general election.


  • IF appointments under the 1997 Constitution were not merit-based, then FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama’s appointment as Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) wasn’t done on merit.
  • GOVERNMENT seems to be paying a “different brain rate” when getting expatriates to take up leading roles in statutory bodies, by giving them huge salaries when compared to the salaries of locals who are appointed to similar roles.
  • FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama has criticised The People’s Alliance and National Federation Party’s plan to terminate CEOs and permanent secretaries, saying they would do this and replace them with “macawa’ (useless) individuals.
  • THE $3000 offshore allowance set aside for the Prime Minister will be scrapped should The People’s Alliance (PA) come into power.


  • The 28 year old driver alleged to have caused the death of a man following a motor vehicle accident at Colo-i-Suva last week has been charged.
  • THE two Sigatoka police officers convicted of one count aggravated robbery did not physically harm the victim, Suva High Court judge Justice Gihan Kulatunga was told.
  • SIXTEEN victims of formally indicted sex offences last month were minors, including a five-year-old boy.
  • MORE than $72,000 worth of basic and intermediate wheelchairs have been procured by the Frank Hilton Organization for children living with disabilities around the country.


Page 62

THE Fiji Pearls side has been drawn in a tough pool for next year’s Netball World Cup. Fiji is the bottom seed in Pool A which has world number 1 Australia, Tonga and Zimbabwe. The Fijians are currently ranked 15th in the world behind Tonga (???? and Zimbabwe (13).

Page 61

DOHA – Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty but Argentina’s Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez scored in a 2-0 victory over Poland at Stadium 974 on yesterday as both teams booked their places in the knockout stages of the World Cup.


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