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I don't have to be nice to people who are causing great damage to the nation ... I refuse to be nice to people who want to overthrow what the military and the security forces have been doing to maintain law and order in this country in the past five years since the illegal overthrow of the Labour Government ... I refuse to be nice to people like Jioji Kotobalavu and Qoriniasi Bale. I don't have to be nice to anyone trying to destabilise what the army has built.

Frank Bainimarama on ordering his elite CRW forces into parliament, and overthrowing the President in 2005.

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Analysis

Analysis:

OVERVIEW: FIJI

Subtlety has not been a feature of the rule of Fiji’s leaders since 2006, when Commodore Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama took over. In March 2013, according to an article in the London ‘Economist’, the Commodore announced that he was doing away with plans for a constituent assembly that was supposed to be considering his new constitution. At the turn of the year he had scrapped a draft constitution drawn up by a commission he himself had appointed. It seemed that the draft was not to his liking. 

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Profile

Profile:

PROFILE: FIJI

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republic of the Fiji Islands
Head of State: President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (from 2009; reappointed 12 Nov 2012)
Head of government: Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama (from 17 Sept 2014)
Ruling party: Fiji First (from 17 Sept 2014)
Area: 18,333 square km (about 332 islands, 110 inhabited)
Population: 885,000 (2014)*
Capital: Suva (on Viti Levu)
Official language: English, Fijian and Hindi
Currency: Fijian dollar (F$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: F$2.19 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$4,757 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 4.08% (2014)*
GDP: US$4.21 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 8.75% (2014)*
Inflation: 0.53% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$1.33 billion (2013)*
Foreign debt: US$537.00 million (2012)*
* estimated figure

















 

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