Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Internal Strife the Main Fear for Illegal Fiji Regime

Posted on Radio NZ International - 7 March 2011

A specialist in contemporary Fiji politics, Dr Jon Fraenkel, says he believes Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s regime is more threatened by internal strife than any popular Middle East-style uprising.

The Australian-based academic says recent reports of beatings by the military appear to be a revival of immediate post coup tactics of intimidating and harrassing opponents. 

He says there’s clearly disquiet within the government as there have been several high profile resignations but it’s difficult to gauge public sentiment. 

“I think people are very fearful and the popular opposition to the coup seems to have largely played itself out. At the moment what’s threatening the regime is internal friction, an internal sense of crisis, loss of direction and disarray.”

Dr Fraenkel says Commodore Bainimarama has been effective at retaining control evidenced by the recent removal of key military officers. 

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