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UK backs move towards election

Nasik Swami
Monday, March 10, 2014

THE United Kingdom is looking forward to welcoming Fiji back into the Commonwealth family once an election — which meets international democratic standards — is held and democracy is restored.

That is the sentiment of UK's Foreign Office Minister Hugh Swire who has welcomed Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's handover of the role of the military commander to his successor, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga.

In a statement last week, Mr Swire said the handover, along with the recent appointment of the Electoral Commission, represented a further milestone towards a return to democracy.

"We look to the authorities to allow the Electoral Commission to act independently as they take forward the organisation to free and fair elections.

"We hope that all of Fiji's political parties will be able to campaign without hindrance."

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