The Fiji Election of 2014: Rights, Representation and Legitimacy in Fiji Politics

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    Abstract: Fiji's 2014 election was its first in eight years, first under the 2013 constitution, and first using a common roll of electors with proportional representation. In the new parliament of 50 seats, the coup leader of 2006, Frank Bainimarama, emerged triumphant. His FijiFirst Party won 32 seats, with the Social Democratic Liberal Party, a successor party to earlier indigenous Fijian parties, winning 15 and the National Federation Party three. The election of the new parliament marked the end of Fiji's longest period under a military government since independence. How should the significance of these elections be judged in the context of Fiji's history? Do they represent the breakthrough to democratic stability that so many Fiji citizens have wanted for so long? Or are they just another phase of Fiji's turbulent politics, a democratic pause before another lurch into authoritarian government?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-112
    JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
    Volume104
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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