Prime Minister and leader of FijiFirst Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama has surprisingly won positive comments for his assurance that he will accept the outcome of the elections next month.
SODELPA leader and the Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa believes the response is great news for the country.
"It is a breath of fresh air because we have been, and many people have been wondering how he would react should the situation not be to his dreams and aspirations," Ro Teimumu said yesterday.
"That shows that the man himself has progressed in his thinking, that he has now evolved into the person we believe we can work with.
"So when the day of election comes, the results are made known and that he has accepted the fact that however it goes, he will accept the results, it shows that he has really grown into a leader that we would hope to have sometime in the future.
"It puts to rest some of the concerns that not only I had, but I am sure other people too have had certain concerns about how he would react and for him to have said on record, not only here in Fiji, but the fact that he said that in New Zealand, and it's being broadcast all over the world. So we hold him to it," she said.
Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama was quoted on New Zealand's Radio Tarana, saying: "That's the story of democracy now. You accept the results of the elections, so I really don't deal with hypothetical questions."
He said 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," he said.