Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama Re-elected for Second Term
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will stay in power for a second consecutive term as he has narrowly won a general election that was delayed by intense storms. Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party won 50.2 percent of the vote to claim 27 of the 51 seats in the Pacific island nation’s parliament for the next four years, according to the electoral commission. The opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), led by rival coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka, finished a close second with nearly 40 percent of the vote to clinch 21 seats.
“I’m proud to become your prime minister once again,” Bainimarama told FBC News from Auckland, New Zealand, where he had been attending his brother’s funeral. Fiji went to polls on November 14th, only the second time the country has held democratic elections since former military strongman Bainimarama led a bloodless coup in 2006.