ADI KUINI SPEED NEW LEADER OF THE FIJIAN ASSOCIATION PARTY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 29, 1998 - Daily Post/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Adi Kuini Speed, once regarded as Fiji's Queen of Democracy, was elected yesterday as the woman to lead the Fijian Association party into next year's general elections, the Daily Post reports.

Her election came after the death of party founder Josefata Kamikamica and it is seen as a choice made to bring the party strong support both among Fijians and Indians.

Adi Kuini was the wife of Dr. Timoci Bavadra, whose coalition government was overthrown in 1987 in a military coup by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka when he was a lieutenant-colonel and the third highest ranking officer in the army.

By electing her as president of the party, the Fijian Association hopes to benefit from Adi Kuini's strong traditional links to her country's chiefly houses.

Her election is also likely to be embraced by the party's main coalition partner, Labour, of which Dr. Bavadra was the president.

Yesterday Labour said the vote for Adi Kuini was good for the coalition.

Title -- 1674 POLITICS: Adi Kuini in Fiji poll bid Date -- 29 August 1998 Byline -- None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 29/8/98 Copyright -- Daily Post Status -- Unabridged This document is for educational and personal use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius: niusedita@pactok.net.au http://www.usp.ac.fj/www/usp/soh/journ/nius/index.html

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