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Fiji muddles on as Eyptians revel in a second revolution

July 6, 2013

MONSTER MASH: Frank Bainimarama makes a mess of his Russian debut. illustration: Discombobulated

A big stuff-up over the date of the planned 2014 election by FbC but it seems it will still be September – just not the third as tipped by the news team run by the brother of the illegal attorney general.

FBC last night said the elections will be September 3 – a Tuesday – but has this morning corrected itself itself saying it will of course be held before the end of that month.

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is on record as saying the country will

go to the poll no later than September 30 2014 because according to him it’s stipulated in the draft constitution.

Egyptians topple Mohammed Morsi after a week of protests. pic Reuters

No sign of that much-promised Constitution, which he keeps referring to and which the unelected prime minister Frank Bainimarama said would be ready within a month of dumping the Yash Ghai draft in January.

The regime, however, has been happily engaging in discussions with Australia, New Zealand and the United States to secure more funds for its elections – this week reporting it had obtained $1million from the U.S. for the poll, plus training support from Indonesia.

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has predictably again mouthed support for the ‘progress’ the regime is making for the election and has supposedly made in recent months – never mind the fact the country is still waiting for the Constitution and political parties continue to be marginalised.

Australia, too, seems happy with assurances of an independent supervisor of elections once a Constitution is in place.

The U.S., New Zealand and Australia, seemingly want to give the regime a chance to prove it will return democracy to the country, despite the fact it has repeatedly shafted the people of Fiji time and time again.

Fiji’s political parties and the United Coalition for a Democratic Fiji have been slow to respond to the endorsement, a stark contrast to the swiftness and will we’ve seen again by the people of Egypt who’ve today toppled a second leader – two years after it brought down the first.

Source – Coupfourpointfive; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
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  1. Rusi Varani permalink
    July 6, 2013 4:27 PM

    Rajendra Naidu’s comments on Egypt and the military takeover leaves a lot to be desired. To say that what happened in Egypt is ‘clearly not a power grab by the military’ is akin to saying that this coup is better than the previous one. All coups are the same and they are all illegal as they constitute an unlawful takeover of an elected government.
    The role of the military in any democratic society is the same. They are subservient to the government of the day meaning, come what may, the military is always on the side of its owner (military as a state institution).
    Morsi was democratically elected and the only lawful way to remove him was to vote him out in the next election.I tend to think that the so called ‘people’s revolution’ gripping the very heart of leadership of most countries of the middle east has given the majority of the population of those countries the false impression that leadership changes is theirs at their own timing. Unfortunately, democracy does not work that way. People, and for that matter the military, has to learn or be taught and appreciate the minor mechanics of a true democracy. Without that, I am sorry to say that we are in for a very long haul.

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