Fiji sanctions lifted

April 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

New Zealand is lifting travel sanctions against , Foreign Minister Murray McCully has confirmed.

In a statement, McCully said the progress Fiji was making towards holding free and fair elections deserved recognition from the Pacific region and international communtiy.

“There are now more than 500,000 people registered to vote in the September elections, electoral commissioners have been appointed and importantly Commodore Bainimarama has stepped down as the head of the Military.

The Fijian elections are three days before the NZ ones.

It is almost inevitable Bainimarama will be elected Prime Minister. What will be interesting is how he copes without military powers and an actual opposition. For me, it is the second election that will be the interesting one.

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7 Responses to “Fiji sanctions lifted”

  1. Mobile Michael (475 comments) says:

    Finally! Hopefully it sticks this time and no senior Military Officer starts interfering with Government again.

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  2. wreck1080 (3,999 comments) says:

    There will never be another coup so long as the military is happy with the PM.

    As soon as mr. man from india beomes PM again, there will be another coup.

    Sorted.

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  3. Tautaioleua (324 comments) says:

    Sadly, for tourism it’s already too late. The Cook Islands have gone on to replace Fiji as New Zealand’s number 1 South Pacific destination for tropical holidays.

    Fiji has a lot of work to do if it hopes to turn this around. Selling its resort accommodation at less than half the rate prior to the last coup is unsustainable.

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  4. Lance (2,718 comments) says:

    @Tautaioleua
    And there is a massive outbreak of dengue fever in Fiji as well.

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  5. jp_1983 (237 comments) says:

    Bainimarama’s party is not registered yet so it maybe a bridge too far.

    Also their party registration is set at 5000 members so kinda puts our 500 minimum in perspective..

    (How many political parties would there be in NZ if our limit was 5000 members.)

    In perspective .57% of the total population of Fiji need to belong to a party to have it registered.

    .57% of NZ Population is 24681

    So it is quite a high bar to pass

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  6. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    not going there soon

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  7. gazzmaniac (2,306 comments) says:

    How many political parties would there be in NZ if our limit was 5000 members.

    One, National. Maybe two, depending if union members count.
    Some parties struggle to get 500 votes, let alone 5000.

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