Bainimarama pushes his luck once too often - Fiji is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum...
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Bainimarama pushes his luck once too often - Fiji is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum...

Whakatane : New Zealand | May 02, 2009 at 4:37 PM PDT
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Bainimarama pushes his luck once too often - Fiji is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum, and the Commonwealth could be next...

Despite last minute attempts by Fijian military dictator, Commodore Bainimarama to meet the leaders of Australia and New Zealand and negotiate a change of mind over sanctions against Fiji, Fiji will be sadly kicked out, officially suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum, and possibly from the Commonwealth later in the year. Bainimarama has persistently thumbed his nose at other members of the Pacific Islands Forum, including Australia and New Zealand. Fiji never had a greater friend in the Pacific than New Zealand who were always prepared to consider policies that would economically assist Fiji and other Pacific nations.

Bainimarama's military takeover at the point of a gun in 2007 lost him that support. The sport of rugby union was always a great means of achieving communication - Fiji like other Pacific nations such as Samoa and Tonga have a close relationship with NZ, built on that sporting relationship.

Bainimarama claims elections can't be restored for another five years, but this a load of codswallop! He claims to be the hero of multiracialism in Fiji, but is just another dirty little dictator like Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe who dictated his country from being the bread-basket of Africa to becoming the basket-case of all time!

There are absolutely no democracy or civil rights in Fiji, the local media has been dictated to and controlled by the army, and foreign media and diplomats detained and kicked out of Fiji. Some Fijians have lost there lives, and others are missing.

Much foreign aid has already been suspended by Australia, NZ, Britain and the European Union. Fijian army peacekeepers may also be suspended from new contracts by the United Nations, and as a consequence much of Fiji's economy will be affected with the loss of the soldiers income. With unemployed troops drifting around unemployed in the capital of Suva, Bainimarama's regime could well have some substantial opposition. Fijians are pretty effective soldiers - good peacekeepers!

The Bainimarama regime's future is already in doubt - the clock is ticking!

huttriver is based in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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