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Former Fiji politician wants return to real democracy for the people

09 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

Former Fiji MP Ema Tagicakibau lives for the day when government rule in Fiji returns to the people.

Ema Tagicakibau. Photo/ Pacific Media Centre.

The arms trades treaty campaigner whose thesis is on gender and militarisation says Fiji has become so militarised people do not have too many options when electing political leaders.

"Military governments have lasted more than elected governments," she says. "From 1987 military governments have been in place until 1999 compared to Timoci Bavadra's 5 months and Mahendra Chaudhry's one year."

"Frank Bainimarama has been in government now for 12 years. If he wins again this year, that makes it 16 years."

"We have become so militarised. We are stuck with coup makers who have got themselves immunity protection in the Constitution."

More than 600,000 eligible voters will go to the polls in Fiji this year, with incumbent Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's Fiji First Party and a coalition of Opposition parties contesting 51 seats.

Frank Bainimarama. Photo/ COP PARIS.

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