Closer to democracy

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at an event in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 9. Photo: AFP

Laisenia Qarase. The former Prime Minister has not been allowed to contest in the election. Photo: Bruce Southwick/AFP

Mahendra Chaudhry, former Prime Minister. He has been barred from contesting in the election. Photo: Rob Griffith/AP

Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga, the Army chief, said he would accept the people's verdict. Photo: AP

There is hope as well as cynicism in Fiji as the multiracial nation goes to the polls to elect a new, more representative, 50-member National Assembly after experiencing several coups and spells of military rule.
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