Sunday, September 28, 2014

United Nations Told Another Lie by Bainimarama

Sai Comment:

  • It is really sad, though not unexpected, for Bainimarama to again use the forum of the UN to perpetrate another monumental lie!
  • He knows full well that all that he trumpeted in front of all the assembled world leaders  were nothing but unadulterated lies.
  • The hypocrisy knows no bound for him as he neglected to mention that the imposition of his own 2013 Constitution was no way democratic! Neither were the electoral system nor the dismantling of various sate institutions for native Fijians or the fact that no consultation were ever undertaken into the far reaching changes in other areas of the machinery of government.
  • For a leader who has been handed a semblance of legalised mandate, you would have thought he would now focus on what would bring the nation and its deeply divided people together? No, not someone who thrives on pummeling others with his own version of the truth never mind the national interest. 
  • Fiji must now settle down to a rough, very rough, 4 years of ongoing dictatorial culture of governance, never mind the existence of parliamentary rule, simply because the PM has no experience nor appetite for listening or accepting opposing views or alternative advice. It is not in his political DNA or his personal trait.
  • Those who voted for him and his party must be ready to cop it as well as he has a track record of not keeping his word after getting his way! 

Bainimarama updates the UN general assembly

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FIJI now has genuine democracy and this was achieved only after it held its first general elections under the new 2013 Constitution, says Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama.
Addressing world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said Fiji had always heard about democracy but never really knew what democracy was.
He claimed the electoral system in Fiji before the 2006 reforms did not give true democracy.
"Five years ago, I stood in this great chamber and promised the global community that my government would introduce the first genuine democracy in Fiji's history before the end of September 2014," he said.
"It is my honour to inform you that with the support of the Fijian people, I have kept that promise and I return here today as the duly elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji."
He said the past three constitutions did not facilitate justice, transparency and good governance.
"This Constitution (2013) replaced three previous constitutions since our Independence from Britain in 1970 in which governments were chosen under a weighted and discriminatory formula that separated the various communities and favoured some citizens over others.
"For nearly four decades, we laboured under a system that was undemocratic, unjust and unfair. Indeed, we were a case study of a nation that was supposedly democratic and casting itself as such, but was failing to meet some basic democratic standards: a common and equal citizenry, a common identity and a level playing field on which every citizen can excel."

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