In Frank Bainimarama's Shadow: Fiji, Elections and the Future

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    Abstract

    Fiji's much anticipated election was held in September 2014, returning Frank Bainimarama's Fiji First Party to power under a proportional representation open list system sanctioned by the decreed 2013 constitution. It marks an important step on a long and fraught journey back to parliamentary democracy. A new start has been made, but a lot will depend on how deeply Bainimarama's publicly declared multiracial vision is shared by his own supporters, including the military, overwhelming Indigenous Fijian, which has a proven history of being a friend neither of multiracialism nor of democracy. Whether this turns out to be a pyrrhic victory for one man or a turning point in Fiji's modern history remains to be seen.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)457-468
    JournalJournal of Pacific History
    Volume49
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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