Friday, June 04, 2010

Fiji: No elections in 2014

When Voreqe Bainimarama seized power at gunpoint three and a half years ago, it was ostensibly a temporary measure to clean up corruption and end racism. Elections would be held when the "necessary" changes were made - initially in 2010, and then when that promise was broken, in 2014. Now, he's backing away from that promise as well, claiming that he's so popular that elections are unnecessary:

Everybody supports what the government is doing and in fact, they want an extension of the time. In fact, they don’t want an election. So I really don’t know what these people mean by saying the situation is worsening.
Its practically Tuiable, isn't it?

It would be funny, if it wasn't so serious. Fijians have already lived three and a half years under the gun, without democratic representation. And now Bainimarama wants to make that situation permanent. Isn't it time Fijians actually stood up and did something about it?