Fiji PM Will Campaign In Australia

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Travel sanctions only lifted in March, aware of critics

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 17, 2014) – The Fiji prime minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, says he will visit Australia next month as part of his election campaign.

According to the Fiji Sun, the Fiji regime leader will fly to Sydney on August the 8th in what will be his first trip to Australia since he led a military coup in 2006.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama, who is the leader of the Fiji First Party, is reportedly said he is aware of government critics in Australia and is ready to meet them.

Elections are scheduled for September the 17th, more than eight years since voters in Fiji have been last to the polls.

In March, Australia lifted all travel sanctions against Fiji coup makers, military personnel and other officials, which had been imposed in response to the coup.

New Zealand followed suit in lifting sanctions and Rear Admiral Bainimamara is now said to be waiting for a visa to visit Auckland.

It is not known if Wellington will grant him a visa.

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