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Voreqe Bainimarama Sworn in as Prime Minister of Fiji

Sep 22, 2014 18:42 IST

Voreqe Bainimarama on 22 September 2014 was sworn in as new Prime Minister of Fiji. He was sworn in by President Epeli Nailatikau at a brief ceremony in Government House of Suva.

He was sworn-in after the official results showed that he had won 60 percent of the seats.

The official results of the 2014 elections in Fiji were declared after five days of general elections held on 17 September 2014. It was the first general election in Fiji after 2006 military coup by Bainimarama.


Fiji’s 2014 Election Results
As per the final count of the votes, Fiji First Party led by Bainimarama earned 59.2 percent of the vote which is equal to 32 seats in the new 50-seat parliament set up under the Fiji constitution introduced in 2013.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party stood at second position with 28.2 percent of votes and acquired 15 seats. The National Federation Party took the third place with 5.5 percent of votes and fetched 3 seats in total. The official results showed that 83.9 percent population voted out of 590000 registered voters.

System of Elections in Fiji

Fiji's current constitution provides for a unicameral 50-member parliament which will be the supreme authority and be elected on the basis of one person, one vote and one value.

Parliamentary elections are held every four years and every Fijian over the age of 18 is entitled to vote in the single constituency that is nationwide.

The 2014 general elections of Fiji extended full voting rights for the first time to ethnic Indians who backed Bainimarama's move to put them on an equal footing with indigenous Fijians.

Past military coups in Fiji
Fiji is a tropical region of about 3200 km (2000 miles) east of Australia. It had suffered four coups since 1987. Rivalry between Fijian nationalists and minority ethnic Indians was the underlying cause of all the four coups.

In 2000 Coup, ethnic Fijians held the first Indo-Fijian prime minister hostage in parliament for 56 days that led to deadly riots in the streets of Suva in Fiji.

The latest coup took place in 2006 which was led by Voreqe Bainimarama. He held on a long run rivalry between indigenous Fijian nationalists and minority ethnic Indians to justify his coup in 2006.

Ethnic Indians make up about 40 percent of the 900000 population and are economically powerful descendants of labourers brought by the British to work at the sugarcane fields in Fiji.

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