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FijiFirst is a registered political party in Fiji. The party was formed in March 2014 by the current Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.


1 Formation 2 2014 election 3 References 4 External links

Formation[edit] The party was launched on 31 March, 2014 with Bainimarama beginning a nationwide tour of the country in a campaign bus to collect the obligatory 5000 signatures necessary to register a political party.[1] Bainimarama says FijiFirst is a name that encompasses his political beliefs.[2] He listed his first candidate and party president; Jiko Luveni, the current Minister for Women.[3] The party collected over 40,000 signatures for the registration of the party.[4] The party appointed former Fiji
Labour Party senator, Bijai Prasad as one of its Vice Presidents as well as the current Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
as the party General secretary. Bijai Prasad resigned as VP a day later citing a criminal conviction for larceny in the 1980s for which he had served jail time.[5] The Tui Macuata, Ratu Viliame Katonivere was also selected as a vice president of the party. Vimlesh Kumar who is an accountant and an affiliate member of CPA Australia is listed as the treasurer.[6] The party's application for registration resulted in six complaints,[7] including one from a party which had previously used the " Fiji
First" name.[8] Despite this, the party was registered on 30 May 2014.[9] 2014 election[edit] The party released its first batch of 21 candidates on July 25, 2014[10] with Frank Bainimarama
Frank Bainimarama
heading the list. As a result of the 2014 Fijian general elections, the party won 293,714 votes, 59.2% of all those who voted (495,105 voters), giving the party a clear majority with 32 of the 50 Parliamentary seats.[11] According to an article published in The Economist
The Economist
by an uncredited writer in Wellington, New Zealand, despite its electoral success, the FijiFirst government is also "despised" by "many" native Fijians
for implementing the 2013 Constitution of Fiji
which describes all of Fiji's citizens as "Fijians", regardless of their ethnicity, causing "some" indigenes to have fears of "cultural annihilation" and an "Islamic conspiracy to control the country", due to the Attorney General of Fiji
being of Muslim background."[12] References[edit]

^ "'I want a new Fiji' - Fiji
Times Online". Retrieved 2014-04-26.  ^ "Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Fiji
First unveiled as Bainimarama's new party name for elections". Retrieved 2014-04-26.  ^ " Fiji
First registration now weeks away - Radio New Zealand
New Zealand
News". Retrieved 2014-04-26.  ^ "Fiji's Bainimarama lodges party application - Radio New Zealand News". Retrieved 2014-05-08.  ^ " FijiFirst man quits over criminal record". Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-08.  ^ "I did not have to think twice - Tui Macuata". Retrieved 2014-05-08.  ^ " Fiji
First Party approval outlined". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-06-03.  ^ " Fiji
First party registration decried". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-03.  ^ "Fijian PM's Fiji
First party officially registered". Shanghai Daily. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-03.  ^ Swamy, Nasik. " FijiFirst candidates". Fiji
Times. Retrieved 26 July 2014.  ^ "2014 Election Results". Fiji
Elections Office. Archived from the original on 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2014-09-23.  ^ "Fiji's army-tainted politics". The Economist. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Frank Bainimarama
Frank Bainimarama

Current Members of Parliament

Matai Akauola Rosy Akbar Frank Bainimarama Parveen Bala Veena Bhatnagar Joeli Cawaki Mohammed Dean Iliesa Delana Lorna Eden Inoke Kubuabola Semi Koroilavesau Faiyaz Koya Jilila Kumar Brij Lal Alvik Maharaj Alivereti Nabulivou Ruveni Nadalo Osea Naiqama Vijay Nath Alex O'Connor Viam Pillay Howard Politini Jnr Mahendra Reddy Netani Rika Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Inia Seruiratu Balmindra Singh Ashneel Sudhakar Laisenia Tuitubou Jone Usamate Samuela Vunivalu Mereseini Vuniwaqa

Former Members of Parliament

Jioji Konrote Jiko Luveni Sanjit Patel Neil Sharma Pio Tikoduadua Timoci Natuva

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Political parties in Fiji

Registered parties

FijiFirst (FFP) Fiji
Labour Party (FLP) Fiji
United Freedom Party (FUFP) National Federation Party (NFP) One Fiji
Party (OFP) People's Democratic Party (PDP) Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Historical parties

Alliance Party All Nationals Congress (ANC) Christian Democratic Alliance (VLV) Citizens Federation Coalition of Independent Nationals
Coalition of Independent Nationals
(COIN) Conservative Alliance (CAMV) Dodonu ni Taukei Federation Party Fijian Association Party
Fijian Association Party
(FAP) Fijian National Party (FNP) Fiji
Democratic Party (FDP) Fijian Nationalist Party
Fijian Nationalist Party
(FNP) General Voters Party (GVP) Girmit Heritage Party Green Party Justice and Freedom Party Lighthouse Lio 'On Famör Rotuma Party National Alliance Party (NAP) National Congress of Fiji National Democratic Party (1960s) (NDP) National Democratic Party (2006) (NDP) Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party
Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party
(NVTLP) New Labour Unity Party
New Labour Unity Party
(NLUP) New Nationalist Party (NNP) People's National Party (PNP) Party of National Unity (PANU) Party of the Truth
Party of the Truth
(POTT) Parliamentary Organization for Indigenous Fijians
(POIF) Protector of Fiji
(BKV) Ratepayers' Associations Savusavu Ratepayers and Citizens Social Liberal Multicultural Party
Social Liberal Multicultural Party
(SLMP) Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua
Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua
(SDL) Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei
Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei
(SVT) Sugar City Ratepayers Alliance Sunrise Party

Historical coalitions

Grand Coalition (2006) People's Coalition (1999) NFP–Labour Coalition (1987) NFP–WUF Coalition (1982)

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