Modi in Singapore for Asean Summit, Fiji elections, and other news in pictures

Asean Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Singapore on Wednesday, November 14, 2018,  for a two-day visit during which he will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit and hold a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.

During his keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Summit, Mr. Modi said financial inclusion has become a reality for 1.3 billion Indians.

Fiji goes to the polls

Voters walk towards a polling venue carrying umbrellas during voting for Fiji's general election near Suva, in the South Pacific nation of Fiji, November 14, 2018.

Voters walk towards a polling venue carrying umbrellas during voting for Fiji’s general election near Suva, in the South Pacific nation of Fiji, November 14, 2018.  
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Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday.

Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is poised to win a second term after he first held democratic elections in 2014, eight years after he seized power in a coup.

His main opponent is Sitiveni Rabuka, who led two military coups in the 1980s before serving for seven years as Prime Minister. Just this week, a judge cleared Rabuka of an electoral disclosure violation in a case many viewed as being politically motivated.

Given the history of coups, political stability has been a big issue leading up to the election, as have racial tensions and economic issues.

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