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Electoral Commission approves 55 seats in Fiji Parliament

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The maximum number of seats that will be contested in the 2022 General Election will be 55. This as the Electoral Commission has approved that the composition of Parliament for the next General Election will be 55 seats, an increase of four seats from the current 51-member Parliament. The Electoral Commission has approved this in accordance with section 54 of the...

No social unrest in Fiji

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Claims by overseas media that Fiji is on the brink of social unrest have been shot down. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Pacific Beat service has published an article, claiming the brawl in Jittu Estate, Suva is a sign of things to come. The article lacks corroboration from any local authority or individual and quotes local reports as saying there are mounting...

Samoa Observer trying to topple Government: Tuilaepa

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The caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi claims the Samoa Observer Newspaper has long been trying to topple the Government. Speaking on the state-owned 2AP radio programme on Thursday, Tuilaepa accused the country’s only daily newspaper of being the champion in "twisting stories and fabricating news" with the intention to tear down the Government. He alluded to the claims whilst responding...

Resolving PIF discord the ‘utmost priority’ for region’s top diplomat

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The new head of the Pacific Islands Forum says restoring unity to the congregation of Pacific leaders is his 'utmost priority' in the short term. In his first trip to Australia as the region's top diplomat, Henry Puna said leaders were engaging in a process of dialogue, following a decision by Micronesian representatives to leave the forum early this year. The...

Tautua Samoa Party leader Afualo guilty of bribery

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The leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Afualo Dr Wood Salele, has been found guilty of bribery by the Samoa Supreme Court. The court further dismissed three counts of bribery against the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party candidate, Fepuleai Faasavalu Faimata, who is the Member of Parliament-elect for the Salega No. 1 seat. Justice Niava Mata Tuatagaloa and...

President Xi says China to continue supporting Fiji’s COVID-19 fight

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that China is ready to continue providing vaccines and other support for Fiji's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a phone conversation with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Xi said China will set up a China-Pacific Island countries reserve of emergency supplies, and help Fiji and other island countries improve their ability to cope...

Fiji surpasses WHO threshold of five percent test positivity for COVID-19

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Fiji’s test positivity for COVID-19 has crossed the World Health Organisation threshold of five percent. The national seven-day average daily test positivity now stands at 5.7 percent which means there is widespread virus transmission in the Lami-Nausori containment zone. Higher positivity rates mean that more testing should be done, as it suggests there are more people with the disease in the...

Fiji’s new COVID-19 cases soar to 308; one death investigated

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Fiji’s COVID-19 infection has soared with 308 new cases and one death recorded Thursday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong says 297 cases are from the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone, and 11 are from Tramline Nadi.218 of the cases in Lami-Suva-Nausori are from existing areas of interest. He said that included 153 cases from Qauia in Lami;...

Too early to say if COVID will be an endemic disease in Fiji – Dr Fong

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Fiji's Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong says the global expert consensus is that COVID-19 is likely to become an endemic disease, one which continues to circulate indefinitely. However, he said it was too early to say if that would be the case in Fiji. He said regardless, the strategy remained the same. “We have to help people navigate the...

12 out of 18 Vanuatu Constituencies wait in suspense as legal battle continues

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-The 19 Members of Vanuatu Parliament that have one foot out of parliament after the declaration by the Supreme Court, upholding the Speaker of Parliament’s announcement, but pending the Court of Appeal after the decision was set aside, come from 12 constituencies. Vanuatu has a total of 18 constituencies. The 19 MPs were elected in the constituencies of Tanna, Port Vila,...

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