Fiji Before the Storm: Elections and the Politics of by Brij V. Lal

By Brij V. Lal

A racially-weighted structure, promulgated by way of decree in 1990, divided the rustic and invited overseas condemnation, and the financial system suffered from the cave in of associations of excellent governance. In 1995, an self reliant structure evaluate Commision appointed by means of the Fijian parliament, instructed wide-ranging adjustments to the structure. Its file shaped the foundation of a brand new structure promulgated, after wide-ranging session and debate, in 1997. years later, Fiji held a normal election below it. This selection of essays appears to be like on the politics and dynamics of that momentous occasion, and the position of key members and associations in generating an final result that, a yr later, plunged Fiji into its first significant main issue of the twenty-first century. The essays examine the various key political and improvement matters at the eve of the drawback, however the relevance to the present debates concerning the nature and that means of politics in Fiji continues to be. the entire members are acknowledged and longstanding experts of their fields.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Many founding members of the Fijian Association were known to the president as members of the Diners Club formed in the early 1990s, with whom he shared his experiences and reflections on politics. Rabuka had defeated Lady Lala for the presidency of the SVT, which was not forgotten or forgiven. And Rabuka's claim, during the election and before, that he had been used to stage the coup, raised questions about who else was involved, including members of the chiefly establishment which now supported the VLY.

Where it fielded parallel candidates, the coalition partners were given their second preference. This worked well for the most part, but created problems in some places. PAND, for example, expected to be allowed to field candidates in western constituencies with substantial Fijian population, but Labour disagreed and fielded its own, poaching some of Tora's own prominent supporters and potential candidates, among them Ratu Tevita Momoedonu. Tora's own seat was contested by Labour, whose candidate beat him.

Reddy said that a coalition that shares common goals, ideas and policies is more likely to succeed than a post-election multiparty government of hitherto mutually hostile forces. [Another] compelling case is the need to bring together the different racial groups as partners in the electoral process in order to reduce communal tensions that have historically characterised our elections of the past. We want to put an end to the long years of political rivalry between our different communities and usher in a new era of political cooperation-consistent with the aims and objectives of the Constitution.

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