Friday, October 16, 2009

Somare redefines dictatorship
October 15, 2009

Sai's Comment:
  • It is really out of place and highly sad for such a prominent figure in the Pacific such as Somare, to be promoting anti-democratic practices as is the case here! How dare he comes to Fiji and pontificates about redefining democracy in the manner he has. He for all people, should know, that seizing power at the point of a gun is unacceptable in any society, let alone terrorising its citizens and depriving them of a government that is elected by them.
  • One shudders to think, Somare would be saying such a thing if PNG was under a military dictatorship as Fiji is!
  • I say to Somare, go back to your PNG and preach to them, or just members of your tribe, your version of democracy, as it is the last thing Fiji needs right now- which is a return to democratic rule so citizens can have faith in who their government is and not one run by military thugs and tyrants.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has made a strong pitch for Fiji’s bid at self-determination, saying the meaning of military dictatorship in the Pacific is different from the definition of military dictatorship in the western world.

Radio New Zealand International reports that speaking to the media in Solomon Islands, Somare said Fiji still faces pressure to return to democracy as everything is slowly returning to normal with the economy picking up again and foreign reserves up dramatically.

At the conclusion of a three-day visit to the Solomons, he told the media that Fiji needed time to get out of its political mayhem.

Somare said delegations from the United Nations, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund will be visiting Fiji in the coming weeks to re-establish their ties with Fiji, while Chinese and Japanese aid assistance is continuing as normal.

He has called on Pacific Islands Forum countries, particularly Australia and New Zealand, to treat Fiji more leniently.

Somare felt that although Fiji had been expelled from the Forum and Commonwealth, it was heartening that Australia had given Fiji’s High Commissioner to Canberra full diplomatic status.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has refused to give in to growing international pressure for elections next year, maintaining that an entirely new, non-racial voting system needs to be in place before elections can be held in 2014.

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