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Fiji MP unconcerned about assassination plot as police remain silent

FBC News says it has sighted the email, which it says was found on a computer in an internet shop in Lautoka last week.

The shop owner, who alerted police, is under military guard in hospital after he was allegedly severely beaten by police officers.

FBC News says the attack was planned to be carried out by what it calls disciplined officers during a parliamentary sitting also attended by the acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

A police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, says the police will not be making any comments on the ongoing investigations.

Ship sinks off Fiji capital

FBC News reports the MV Suilven began listing as it entered Suva harbour at the end of a journey from the Northern Division.

It says the ship sank within an hour.

Demand in Fiji for UN to pay up for peacekeeping

Fiji's shadow foreign minister, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, says the UN owes Fiji US$138 million dollars for peace keeping duties, going back a decade.

UN in Fiji calls for police to uphold human rights

 

This week Ben Groenewald resigned suddenly from the post amid comments over the military's interference in the work of police.

His replacement is Sitiveni Qiliho who had been the Land Force commander.

The acting head of the UN Human Rights office for the Pacific, Catherine Phuong, says they had developed close links with the Fiji police under Groenewald.

She said they hope for a continued good relationship and says the bottom line must be zero tolerance for acts of ill-treatment.

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New Fiji President to be sworn in today

President-elect Major General Jioji Konrote will be officially sworn in as President of the Republic of Fiji today.

Konrote is the former Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister.

The ceremony will be held in the State Room at Government House in Suva.

Meanwhile, following his six year tenure as President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has been selected for another distinguished appointment.

He will be honoured with the title of UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.

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Fiji Police Commissioner Groenewald resigns

Fiji's Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald has resigned and been replaced by Fiji's land force commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho as Acting Police Commissioner.

Groenewald told the ABC he was not happy with the way the Fiji military was interfering with policing.

The South African took up the job in May last year.

His departure was indirectly due to a standoff with the military over policing matters, he said.

Groenewald, who described himself as a true-blooded policeman, said he was not satisfied with the way they interfered.

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Digicel celebrates family this Christmas

Digicel is once again bringing families and the Pacific’s greatest musical talent together with an upbeat new version of their hit song ‘We Are Family’. This new rendition is a cheerful Pacific Christmas music collaboration, available to all Digicel customers across the company’s six Pacific countries. 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COVETED 2015 PIPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

PIPA has today announced the finalists in the much-anticipated 2015 PIPA Player of The Year competition. They include the talented Nemani Nadolo, Paul Perez, Siale Piutau, Leone Nakarawa, Telusa Veainu and Tim Nainai Williams.        

During the Rugby World Cup (RWC) players from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga voted for the ‘Player’s Player of the Year’ from their respective nations as well as their overall selection for the ‘PIPA Pacific Island Player’s Player of the Year’ award.

Acting Military Commander Naupoto to remain with the military

With Employment Minister Jioji Konrote’s resignation from government due to his nomination for Presidency, Naupoto is the next person in line to take up the now empty parliament seat.

However, Naupoto told FBC News, he will not leave the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF).

He has had discussions with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama over the issue and says, the PM agrees with his decision.

Fiji Parliament to elect new President today

As per requirement under the 2013 constitution, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has nominated former military officer and current cabinet minister Jioji Konrote for the position, where as the opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has nominated Taveuni chief and former military commander Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

The constitution requires the President has had a distinguished career in any aspect of national or international life, whether in the public or private sector.