Rabuka: Fiji’s coup politicians should quit

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka speaking during the press conferencea at the SODELPA head office in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

SUVA (RNZ PACIFIC) – It is time for Fiji’s coup leaders to step away from politics, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader and instigator of the 1987 military coups Sitiveni Rabuka has said.

Fiji’s election, which gave another four year term to the FijiFirst party in results announced yesterday, was seen as a battle between two military strongmen vying for power.

The FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama also assumed power through a coup in 2006.

FijiFirst has a three seat majority after losing five seats to SODELPA.

It won 50.02 percent of the vote, and SODELPA nearly 40 percent.

Rabuka said it was unfortunate the leaders of the two main parties were coup leaders.

“There needs to be a move away from coup profiled people,” he said.

“And we will soon get there. Those of us involved in coups are getting old now and we are a passing generation.

“Very soon we will have a responsible younger generation of leaders taking over,” said Mr Rabuka.

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