Coup leader v coup leader: strongman election shows cracks in Fiji’s democracy

Sadhana Sen and Stephen Howes’s Devpolicy blog on Fiji’s upcoming election was republished by the Guardian.

The last time the Australian Labor Party came to power (in 2007), Australia was imposing sanctions against Fiji as a result of the country’s fourth coup in 2006, write Sen and Howes. Fast forward to 2022 and Fiji’s 2006 coup leader is now its prime minister – and his main rival in elections scheduled for later this year is the leader of Fiji’s first coup, in 1987, Sitiveni Rabuka.

Whatever the outcome of this year’s election, the next prime minister will likely be someone who first came to power through the barrel of a gun.

6 September 2022

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