Bainimarama Hints At Bid For 2014 Elections In Fiji

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Current PM says new military commander to be appointed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 31, 2013) – Fiji’s Prime Minister says he will only include competent people in his party, but has not revealed when it might be formed.

In an informal meeting in Navua, Commodore Frank Bainimarama confirmed a new military commander will be appointed because he is running for election.

He says he has not yet formed the party, and will only accept those who he thinks are capable of being cabinet members.

A Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, Steven Ratuva, says it’s likely he will call an election shortly after putting the party together.

"They wouldn’t want to form the political party now because otherwise they will be subject to the political party regulation. If you’re an official of a political party you will have to resign, from a government position or a trade union position, so they don’t want to resign too early. So they’ll probably wait ’till the last moment and then set up the political party and then announce the election," Ratuva said.

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