Fiji Prime Minister Trip To Canada, US Deemed 'Resounding Success'

Protests against Bainimarama apparently draw only small crowds

By Nemani Delaibatiki

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Oct. 9, 2017) –  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visits to Canada and the United States to meet Fijians there were a resounding success.

He and wife Mary were overwhelmed by the show of support from Fijians representing different ethnic groups. Huge crowds attended gatherings where the Bainimaramas were official guests, including the celebrations to mark Fiji Day.

In San Francisco, even some SODELPA sympathisers who were protesting against Mr Bainimarama were later seen joining Mr Bainimarama’s supporters for tea and refreshments.

Prior to Mr Bainimarama’s arrival there, there was a lot of hype about the protests. But only a small group turned up.

The poor turnout was indicative of the growing support for Mr Bainimarama based on his performance in the first three years of his democratically-elected Government.

People have realised that the old divisive politics of race no longer works and has no place in modern Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama’s strong pitch for unity resonated well with the people. This is backed by unprecedented policies that put the people first through infrastructure development and bold initiatives to stimulate economic activities.

Mr Bainimarama enjoyed yesterday’s reception in day two of the Fiji Day celebrations. He was particularly humbled by another huge turnout.

He thanked the Marist Old Boys and the Fijian Community for supporting his FijiFirst Government and Fiji. He called on the people to always look out for each other.

As he heads back home for the Fiji Day celebrations he has good basis to believe that his support in the US and Canada is not only intact but has increased significantly.

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