Rabuka by Ratuva

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In­ter­est­ing com­ments about Si­tiveni Rabuka by for­mer lo­cal aca­demic Steven Ratuva. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view Pro­fes­sor Ratuva - now di­rec­tor, MacMil­lan Brown Cen­tre for Pa­cific Stud­ies at New Zealand’s Can­ter­bury Univer­sity, gave Ra­dio New Zealand In­ter­na­tional: On whether SODELPA and Mr Rabuka can chal­lenge PM Voreqe Bain­i­marama and Fiji First: “Rabuka has the ex­pe­ri­ence and also has the mind­set.” On their mil­i­tary back­grounds: “Re­mem­ber these are both for­mer mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and they are able to read each other’s mind.” On the im­pact of Mr Rabuka lead­ing the coun­try’s first coups: “One can ar­gue that per­haps SODELPA has lost the moral high ground but you know at the end of the day al­most ev­ery politi­cian has been tainted in some way.” On Mr Rabuka and the politics of race: “His own po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion has changed from i-Taukeism to multi-ra­cial­ism. He’s re­ally no dif­fer­ent from Bain­i­marama now. They both be­lieve in multi-ra­cial­ism and they both be­lieve in bring­ing all the eth­nic groups to­gether.” On SODELPA and its mul­tira­cial sup­port: “That’s one of the weak­nesses of SODELPA in the last elec­tion. They were not able to go across the eth­nic di­vide.”

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