Latest Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Stories

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....

2006-05-06 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...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'