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2006-05-14 02:16:48

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. Qarase's pro-indigenous Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (United Fiji Party, or SDL), won 32 seats in the 71-seat parliament and needed the help of minor parties to take power in 2001, a year after he was installed as caretaker by the military....

2006-05-13 01:30:04

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. Counting will not start until Monday, when a final figure for voter turnout is also likely, but the number of votes cast will almost certainly be well below the last two elections. Election officials said preliminary figures showed 247,934 Fijians had cast their ballots by Saturday, about 52 percent of...

2006-05-10 01:44:48

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. Opposition leader Mahendra Chaudhry has complained to police that thousands of extra ballot papers had been printed since voting in the racially charged poll began on Saturday and that names of thousands of voters were missing from electoral rolls. Qarase said he did...

2006-05-08 04:12:53

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. Some minor problems were reported but there was no repeat of the chaotic start to the week-long poll on Saturday, when thousands of voters waited for hours because ballot boxes and papers were late arriving. Some voters were turned...

2006-05-06 01:19:45

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. The Electoral Commission agreed to keep voting stations open an extra hour after some voters were kept waiting for more than three hours in the rural west of the main island of Viti Levu. The delays added to a tense build-up to...

2006-05-05 02:29:05

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. Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's uneasy relationship with military chief Frank Bainimarama has added to election tensions in a county which has suffered three racially motivated coups and a mutiny since 1987. Bainimarama accuses Qarase of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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