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FijiFirst

FijiFirst
LeaderFrank Bainimarama
PresidentVacant
Secretary-GeneralAiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Founded31 March 2014
Headquarters96 Brown Street, Suva
IdeologyLiberalism
Populism
Political positionCentre
ColoursBlue
SloganThe best future for all Fijians
MPs
27 / 51
Website
fijifirst.com

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

Formation

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.[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 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

The party released its first batch of 21 candidates on July 25, 2014[10] with 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]

2018 election

The party ran 51 candidates in the 2018 elections, ten of which were women.[12] FijiFirst won the 2018 general elections with a reduced majority from the 2014 elections. FijiFirst accumulated 227,241 of the votes that resulted on the party gaining 50.02% that allocated to 27 seats enough for the party to govern alone within a slim majority.[13][14]

Electoral history

Parliamentary elections

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2014 Frank Bainimarama 293,714 59.17%
32 / 50
Increase 32 Increase 1st Government
2018 227,241 52.94%
27 / 51
Decrease 5 Steady 1st Government

References

  1. ^ "'I want a new Fiji' - Fiji Times Online". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  2. ^ "Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Fiji First unveiled as Bainimarama's new party name for elections". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  3. ^ "Fiji First registration now weeks away - Radio New Zealand News". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  4. ^ "Fiji's Bainimarama lodges party application - Radio New Zealand News". Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  5. ^ "FijiFirst man quits over criminal record". Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  6. ^ "I did not have to think twice - Tui Macuata". Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  7. ^ "Fiji First Party approval outlined". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  8. ^ "Fiji First party registration decried". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  9. ^ "Fijian PM's Fiji First party officially registered". Shanghai Daily. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  10. ^ Swamy, Nasik. "FijiFirst candidates". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 Election Results". Fiji Elections Office. Archived from the original on 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  12. ^ "Six political parties to contest Fijian elections". RNZ. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 General Election: FijiFirst wins and will form next government". The Fiji Times. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  14. ^ Talebula Kate (18 November 2018). "2018 General Election: FijiFirst secures 27 seats to form government". Fiji Times. Retrieved 18 November 2018.

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