Open menu Close menu Open Search Close search
Support our Sponsor

. . Flags of the World Maps of All Countries
  • 2001 INDEX
  • 2000 INDEX
  • 1999 INDEX
  • 1998 INDEX
  • 1996 INDEX
  • Country Ranks

  • Home PageCountry Index

    Fiji Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Fiji
      conventional short form : Fiji

      Data code FJ

      Government type republic
      note: military coup leader Maj. Gen. Sitiveni RABUKA formally declared Fijia republic on 6 October 1987

      National capital Suva

      Administrative divisions 4 divisions and 1 dependency*; Central, Eastern, Northern, Rotuma*,Western

      Independence 10 October 1970 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, 10 October (1970)

      Constitution 10 October 1970 (suspended 1 October 1987); a new constitution was proposedon 23 September 1988 and promulgated on 25 July 1990; the 1990 constitutionis under review; the review is scheduled to be completed by 1997

      Legal system based on British system

      Suffrage 21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Ratu Sir Kamisese MARA (acting president since 15 December1993, president since 12 January 1994); First Vice President Ratu Sir JosaiaTAIVAIQIA (since 12 January 1994); Second Vice President Ratu Inoke TAKIVEIKATA(since 12 January 1994)
      head of government: Prime Minister Sitiveni RABUKA (since 2 June 1992)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister from among the members of Parliamentand is responsible to Parliament
      note : there is also a Presidential Council that advises the president on mattersof national importance and a Great Council of Chiefs which consists of thehighest ranking members of the traditional chiefly system
      elections: president elected by the Great Council of Chiefs for a five-year term;prime minister appointed by the president
      election results : Ratu Sir Kamisese MARA elected president; percent of Great Council ofChiefs vote - NA

      Legislative branch bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (34 seats; 24 reserved forethnic Fijians, 9 for Indians and others, and 1 for the island of Rotuma;members appointed by the president to serve five-year terms) and the Houseof Representatives (70 seats; 37 reserved for ethnic Fijians, 27 for ethnic Indians, and 6 for independents and others; members elected by popular voteon a communal basis to serve five-year terms)
      elections: House of Representatives - last held 18-25 February 1994 (next to beheld NA 1999)
      election results: House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party- SVT 31, NFP 20, FLP 7, FAP 5, GVP 4, independents 2, ANC 1

      Judicial branch Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders Fijian Political Party (SVT - primarily Fijian), leader Maj. Gen. SitiviniRABUKA; National Federation Party (NFP; primarily Indian), Jai Ram REDDY;Fijian Nationalist Party (FNP), Sakeasi BUTADROKA; Fiji Labor Party (FLP),Mahendra CHAUDHRY; General Voters Party (GVP), Leo SMITH; Fiji ConservativeParty (FCP), leader NA; Conservative Party of Fiji (CPF), leader NA; FijiIndian Liberal Party, leader NA; Fiji Indian Congress Party, leader NA; FijiIndependent Labor (Muslim), leader NA; Four Corners Party, leader NA; FijianAssociation Party (FAP), Josevata KAMIKAMICA; General Electors' Association,leader NA
      note: in early 1995, ethnic Fijian members of the All National Congress (ANC)merged with the Fijian Association (FA); the remaining members of the ANC have renamed their party the General Electors' Association

      International organization participation ACP, AsDB, CP, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD,IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber),ITU, PCA, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNTAES,UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Ratu Napolioni MASIREWA
      chancery: Suite 240, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
      telephone: [1] (202) 337-8320
      FAX : [1] (202) 337-1996
      consulate(s): New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission : Ambassador Don Lee GEVIRTZ
      embassy: 31 Loftus Street, Suva
      mailing address: P. O. Box 218, Suva
      telephone: [679] 314466
      FAX: [679] 300081

      Flag description light blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrantand the Fijian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield depictsa yellow lion above a white field quartered by the cross of Saint George featuringstalks of sugarcane, a palm tree, bananas, and a white dove

      NOTE: The information regarding Fiji on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Fiji Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Fiji Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

    Support Our Sponsor

    Support Our Sponsor
    Please put this page in your BOOKMARKS - - - - -

    Revised 06-Mar-02
    Copyright © 2023 Photius Coutsoukis (all rights reserved)