Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Illegal Regime Wants Elections Without Politicians

Radio New Zealand International, 02 March 2010

Fiji’s interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainiamarama, has cast further doubt over the chance of the country returning to democratic rule after 2014.

Commodore Bainimarama has told the Fijivillage website that politicians will not be allowed to contest the elections because they have done a lot of damage to the country since 1987.

That was the year when the military staged its first coup.

He has again said some people in the SDL, the National Federation Party and the Labour Party will not be allowed to seek office in 2014.

The interim government still plans to hold a National Dialogue Forum but Commodore Bainimarama has excluded politicians from the discussions.

It was to be held last month but has been delayed.

Despite the restrictions imposed on politicians, the regime has retained the services of veteran politician, Filipe Bole, who was a minister for much of the 1990s as well as Ratu Epeli Ganilau, whose National Alliance failed to win a single seat in the last election.

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