8 Jul 2016

Fiji billion dollar budget passed

2:04 pm on 8 July 2016

Fiji's 1.6 billion US dollar budget has been passed in parliament.

The FBC reports after more than four days of debate the 2016/2017 national budget was passed overnight.

31 MPs voted in favour, 14 against the bill and there were five no votes.

It will intiate a new financial year from August.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama earlier said the new budget was strong, fair, inclusive and one that included unprecedented consultation.

Mr Bainimarama said the budget made a bold statement to the world of where Fiji stood today, and where it intended to go.