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By Paul Tait NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase predicted on Sunday he would be returned to office with an outright majority as officials prepared to begin counting after Fiji's chaotic, racially charged election.
By Paul Tait SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - Polls began closing on Saturday at the end of a chaotic, racially charged election in Fiji, where it appeared an historically low number had voted.
By Paul Tait SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase brushed aside on Wednesday complaints about Fiji's chaotic election, which police are investigating, and said he was confident of returning to office.
By Paul Tait SUVA (Reuters) - Voting in Fiji's racially charged election resumed on Monday as officials sought to assure voters opening day glitches would not affect the outcome, but observers feared that the real trouble may come after ballots are cast.
By Paul Tait SABETO, Fiji (Reuters) - Fiji's racially charged election got off to a chaotic and embarrassing start on Saturday when the late arrival of ballot papers forced thousands to queue for hours, with some being turned away and told to return later.
By Paul Tait BA, Fiji (Reuters) - Fiji's prime minister clashed with the military on the eve of a racially charged election in the unstable South Pacific nation after the armed forces chief urged his troops on Friday not to vote for the government.
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