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I will accept result

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

REGARDLESS of who wins the general election in September, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama and leader of the FijiFirst party says he will accept the results.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama, during his political campaign in New Zealand on Saturday, said the story about democracy was accepting the results of the election.

"That's the story of democracy now. You accept the results of the elections, so I really don't deal with hypothetical questions," he told New Zealand's Radio Tarana in an interview, adding his government had been working on ensuring democratic rule.

"... this is what we've been working towards for the last six to seven years, a wonderful Constitution and now we have one and, of course, the election on September 17," Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said.

When questioned about comments made by members of the public that he was a dictator, he said that was "people's definition of leaders nowadays".

"I really do not have anything to say to that - that's people's definition of leaders nowadays - dictators and presidents and prime ministers, but what does it mean to the people of Fiji if I'm doing what needs to be done? But I must also add that we need decisive leadership now in Fiji."

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said his vision for Fiji was in the 2013 Constitution.

" ... it's really in the Constitution and it is about equal rights, equal citizenry - that's in the Constitution - a wonderful Fiji, a prosperous Fiji and I hope at the end of the day it will be Fiji the way the world should be.

"That's where we're all heading. It's not my Constitution, it's our Constitution, Fiji's Constitution and I keep saying it's a wonderful book because that's the Constitution that's going to take us to true democracy.

"I was very surprised as I said yesterday (Saturday), when I came in and I heard about a group of protesters talking about true democracy, that little book should teach them some lessons about true democracy."

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama's campaign received mixed reactions from Fijians residing in New Zealand.

About 30 people holding placards and Fijian flags marched in Manukau to the Vodafone Events Centre where he was holding a FijiFirst festival to campaign for his political party ahead of elections in Fiji this year.

Protester Shailendra Raju said it was "simply disgusting" that Mr Bainimarama was in Auckland this weekend.

"It's mind-boggling that after all that has happened the New Zealand Government is willing to facilitate this," he told the New Zealand Herald.


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