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Ex-Fiji PM convicted on tax charges, out of election

The leader of one of Fiji's main opposition parties, former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, was convicted on tax charges Friday, ruling him out of this year's election in the coup-plagued Pacific nation. Chaudhry, who became Fiji's first ethnic Indian prime minister in 1999 but was ousted in a coup a year later, was found guilty on three counts of giving false information to tax authorities about bank accounts in Australia.

Australia, New Zealand lift travel sanctions on Fiji

Australia and New Zealand lifted all travel restrictions on senior Fijian officials Monday ahead of the South Pacific nation's return to democratic elections in September. The bans were imposed eight years ago following a coup led by military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama who last week set September 17 as the election date. "We are confident that lifting travel restrictions will lay a framework for closer dialogue and cooperation with Fiji on bilateral and regional issues," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Fiji coup leader leaves military for election run

Fiji strongman Voreqe Bainimarama relinquished his military command Wednesday in a move hailed by Australia and New Zealand as pivotal for the coup-plagued Pacific nation's return to democracy. Bainimarama's resignation means he will contest elections scheduled for September as a civilian, not as the leader of an armed force that has been involved in four coups since 1987. The 59-year-old, who used the army to seize power in late 2006, said it was difficult to end a military career spanning almost four decades.

Pacific forum welcomes Fiji move towards democracy

The influential Pacific Islands Forum indicated Saturday it is ready to reopen some doors for Fiji ahead of elections to restore democracy to the island nation eight years after a military coup. Fiji has been subjected to widespread international restrictions since military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama seized control in a 2006 coup. But a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) delegation, led by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, wrapped up a two-day visit to Fiji on Saturday, saying it "welcomed significant progress" towards democratic elections by September 30.

Pacific forum welcomes Fiji move towards democracy

The influential Pacific Islands Forum indicated Saturday it is ready to reopen some doors for Fiji ahead of elections to restore democracy to the island nation eight years after a military coup. Fiji has been subjected to widespread international restrictions since military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama seized control in a 2006 coup. But a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) delegation, led by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, wrapped up a two-day visit to Fiji on Saturday, saying it "welcomed significant progress" towards democratic elections by September 30.

Fiji's former land force commander sentenced 5 years for inciting mutiny

Fiji's former land force commander sentenced 5 years for inciting mutiny SUVA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's former Land Force Commander Pita Driti was sentenced to five years imprisonment on Wednesday for inciting mutiny. Justice Paul Madigan told Driti in court that inciting mutiny is a very serious offense and sentenced him to five years imprisonment where he would serve four years before he is eligible for parole.

Fiji officer jailed over coup plot

A former army chief convicted of plotting a coup against Fiji's military regime was jailed for five years Wednesday, with a judge labelling his actions "treasonous and mutinous", reports said. Former Land Force commander Pita Driti was found guilty last month of leading a 2010 plot to overthrow military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama and assassinate Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Fiji, Vanuatu sign volunteer scheme agreement

Fiji, Vanuatu sign volunteer scheme agreement SUVA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Vanuatu signed a memorandum of agreement with Fiji on Wednesday, becoming the first country in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to sign the volunteer service agreement that will see the engagement of experienced teachers from Fiji to work in Vanuatu.

Pacific Islands Forum says no direct aid for Fiji's election

Pacific Islands Forum says no direct aid for Fiji's election SUVA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Pacific Islands Forum has no direct assistance to offer the Fijian government in the electoral process although it is supportive of the progress made to hold elections in 2014, the forum secretariat's Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade said Wednesday.

RugbyU: Baa Baas ruin Fiji Centenary celebrations

South African hooker Bismarck du Plessis was the star of the show, scoring two tries as Fiji's Centenary celebrations turned sour against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Missing several experienced internationals, with the game being played outside of the international window, it seemed inevitable Fiji would be on the receiving end of a Barbarians mauling, and so it proved.
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