Fiji ending martial law

Frank Bainimarama is making progress in Fiji despite the best efforts of New Zealand and Australia to hinder his every step. He has announced that martial law will cease on 7 January.

Bainimarama, who seized power in a military coup in 2006, says he will hold elections in 2014.

He claimed that the existing voting system was racially based with indigenous Fijians having greater voting power than the ethnic Indians who make up around 35 per cent of the 900,000 people.

He said Fiji had been mismanaged and hindered by greed and selfishness.

“You and I must not allow a few to dictate the destiny of our country for their own selfish needs,” he said.

He warned features of a new constitution will be non-negotiable.

“The constitution must establish a government that is founded on an electoral system that guarantees equal suffrage – a truly democratic system based on the principle of one person, one vote, one value.

“We will not have a system that will classify Fijians based on ethnicity….”

Consultation would begin next month: “To facilitate this consultation process, the Public Emergency Regulations will cease from 7 January 2012.”

Sounds like he’s doing better than New Zealand to remove racism from politics.


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  • Nzstorm

    Hope it works! Get Fiji back on its’ feet, and show the PC brigade that every vote is equal

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile, in the good ol’ US, President Obama signs into Law Indefinite Detention and fast tracking a predetermined war with Iran.

    Welcome to the Year of the Dragon.

  • kehua

    Bravo Frank, you stand alone and strong in quite litrerally a sea of whingers, bludgers and outright crooks. I sincerely hope that we have a Press Statement from McCully endorsing and commending your action—-oops that`s right McC is probably too pissed to read about this development.

  • Michael

    You’ve been running down the Military Dictatorship in the Democratic Republic of Korea.  While Fiji’s Military Dictatorship is reasonably benevolent, it’s still a Military Dictatorship excercising power from the barrel of a gun.

    Fiji needs a stable, democratic government. Even after 2014 the military will still be ready to step in if Bainimarama is not happy with it’s direction.  And then when Bainimarama retires, his replacement will be ready to step in…

    • North Korea is subjugating and starving its people, Fiji is removing a racist constitution, making a new fairer one, removing corruption, nepotism, and cronyism all the while making steps towns proper free and fair elections that they have never had before…..all the fuss about Fiji and we never hear the govt insist on the same stands for chimaera, Burma or north Korea. Yhe hypocrisy is amazing.

    • Paul Rain

      Unfortunately the reality may not be quite so rosy– Bainimarama has managed to reduce the anti-Indian bias in the way the government operates, but if you’re a smart, skilled Fijian Indian, why would you stick around in the hope that his reforms will stick, when you could go overseas and be successful there?

      Really, we should be doing all we can to support the man in the hope he can turn the place around, while doing our best to get as many of the F.I. emigrants as possible. As in every other place Indian immigrants moved to, they came with nothing, worked as indentured labour, and worked their way up past those who started off with much more.

  • Apolonia

    If Fiji returns to being a democracy maybe New Zealand will to.

  • Samhutchy

    Not so sure cam, will the election be open and fair? Or something resembling what happened in russia or what his Chinese backers get up to?

    • He has Chinese backers because we all stood back and pointed fingers instead of helping. 

    • Politically Unstable

      It might have a different structure that will be voted for.

  • politically unstable

    I think you will find that there is a “silent majority” who back Frank. Average Joe just gets on with life regardless of political happenings. But then you get idiots like Michael Field who proclaim themselves as “south pacific experts” and funnily enough have been banned from more than one county due to their shit stirring ways. How can a bloke like that get space in the newpapers? He should be writing for ‘truth” or some such shitty paper.

    • Paul Rain

      There is indeed one helluva silent majority supporting him– around the 65% mark over the whole population, and his detractors among the Fijian-Indian community are as marginal as Labour voters over here.

  • Lesley

    Paul Rain – Michael Field is very biased and is always against anything that the Fijian Government is doing. He continually writes negative stuff, reports hearsay as fact to the point of making things up that did not actually happen or he writes in a subtly but deliberate and suggestive manner in order to throw a bad light on Fiji. Guess he is doing this because he was kicked out of Fiji. 

    • Politically Unstable

      He was also kicked out of Solomon Islands I think.

    • Paul Rain

      Still, even he isn’t totally negative.

  • Lesley

    Just saw the One News report and heard Murray McCully’s reaction. [While a range of steps will be required before free and fair elections can be held, these are important moves in the right direction, he said.
    “The international community will want to see these changes improve the lives and freedoms of ordinary Fijians.”] I wonder if Murray McCully’s advisers actually want to know what the Fijian Government are doing to improve the lives and freedoms of ordinary Fijians. All they have to do is check on the Fiji Govt website or follow PM Frank Bainimarama and AG Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum on twitter. They advisers would soon learn how Fijian’s lives are being improved.(In practical ways such as finally having electricity connected to villages after many years of neglect from previous governments) 

    Blessed assured lights:
    Serelisoni Moceica     Monday, January 02, 2012

    WHAT can a prayer do?
    “Well, it can sustain your life and even if you’re old and frail, you’ll get to see amazing things that God has in store for you and your generation,” says 78-year-old Viria woman, Setaita Naisala, answering her own question.
    The elated grandmother said this as she made her way slowly to one of the tents in her village with the aid of a walking stick to witness the commissioning of the electrification project by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama last Thursday.
    “I’m one of the oldest people living here and I’ve asked God to keep me alive just so that I can sit here and see the lights turned on in Viria,” she said.
    Mrs Naisala, originally from Nairukuruku said the project was a blessing for the future generations and students in the village.
    “It was hard before, people studied by kerosene and benzene lights and even generators only supplied power for a few hours, this is a good thing, a project that we should celebrate,” she said. The mother of seven who is now great grandmother acknowledged the efforts of Viria villagers for raising funds to meet their required contributions for the project.
    “I’m lucky to be still alive to witness the electricity supply in Viria,” Mrs Naisala said.

  • Thorn

    We need Frank here to sort out the mess we have with Waitangi.