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Forum SG Henry Puna statement on the Parliamentary election of the new Fiji Prime Minister

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I offer my congratulations to the Hon Sitiveni Rabuka on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji. I also congratulate the successful appointment of his Cabinet, in line with the agreement reached by the coalition of political parties who now form Government. As the home of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the affairs of the people and...

Pacific leaders congratulate our new Prime Minister and commend his strong leadership

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The Pacific Island leaders have joined the global leaders in congratulating our new Prime Minister for Fiji and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka. In a congratulatory letter, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiamè Naomi Mata’afa, on behalf of the Government and the people of Samoa, extended her warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Rabuka for being elected as Fiji’s...

Prime Minister Rabuka approves return of USP Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Padma Lal

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has moved quickly to ensure exiled University of the South Pacific Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, returns to Fiji as soon as possible. He has also acted to assist Dr Padma Lal, widow of the late Professor Brij Lal, to bring the ashes of the famed academic back home to Fiji from Australia. She too had...

For the second time, SODELPA votes to side with PA/NFP coalition to form next government

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For a second time, the Management Board of the Social Democratic Liberal (SODELPA) in Fiji has thrown its support behind the People’s Alliance (PA) and National Federation Party (NFP) to form the majority Party in Parliament and the next government. It was close 13-12 vote in favour of the PA/NFP coalition – with one invalid vote, announced SODELPA MP and...

Political parties optimistic to form a coalition Friday

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Leaders of The People’s Alliance and National Federation Party are confident they will receive a response from the Social Democratic Liberal Party Management Board this afternoon on forming a new government in Fiji. Sitiveni Rabuka and Professor Biman Prasad say the meeting was conducted in a cordial manner. Prasad said they are confident about their proposals to SODELPA and also their...

‘Military will respect outcome’ – Fiji Military Chief Kalouniwai

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The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai has reiterated the military will respect the outcome of the voting in Parliament for the position of Prime Minister. Speaking to The Fiji Times Thursday, he said: “I have already stated, we will continue to respect the outcome.” When asked if he would meet with political party...

United States launches $1 million UXO Project in Solomon Islands

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The U.S Department of State provided US$1 million to The HALO Trust (HALO) to launch a comprehensive unexploded ordnance (UXO) project in Solomon Islands beginning 01 January, 2023. This project will address UXO priorities and enhance explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) capacity with the Ministry of National Police and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. This project is part of President Biden’s...

Japan prepares to discharge Fukushima water into the sea

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11 years after the Fukushima disaster, Japan is working hard to overcome challenges posed by its water. Since the Tohoku tsunami of 11 March 2011, Japan has been decommissioning and decontaminating the nuclear power plant, which is expected to take 30 to 40 years. Now, the plant must urgently empty its water tanks. Euronews spoke to Kimoto Takahiro, the Deputy Site Superintendent...

Pacific nations are bracing to lose tons of Tuna from their waters

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Pacific leaders are developing a new warning system, not against hurricanes, tsunamis or even erupting volcanoes but rather the looming departure of vital tuna from their territorial waters in the years to come. That so-called “advanced warning system” is part of a larger, US$70 million proposal currently moving through the United Nations to help Pacific Island countries better react to...

Fiji’s election marks a crucial moment for its fragile democracy

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Democracy and the rule of law in Fiji are key U.S. interests amid growing concerns about China’s regional engagement Analysis by Camilla Pohle-Anderson Fiji has become an integral part of the United States’ reengagement in the Pacific in recent years, including a visit to Suva from U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken in February. Although Fiji is a small country by...

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