Commonwealth re-instates Fiji after election

Update: 1:32PM FIJI has been reinstated as a full member of the Commonwealth.

The reinstatement followed a decision by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) at their 44th meeting in New York yesterday.

A statement from the Commonwealth said the CMAG concluded that Fiji’s suspension from the Councils of the Commonwealth should be lifted in recognition of the credible elections held on September 17 and the assumption of office by a democratically-elected government.

Fiji was suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth in 2006 following a military coup.

This meant that Fiji could not attend inter-governmental Commonwealth meetings, including Heads of Government meetings and ministerial meetings.

The group also congratulated the newly-elected government of Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama and called on all stakeholders in Fiji to continue working together to strengthen the country’s democratic culture, encouraging them to explore opportunities for dialogue and national reconciliation.