Fiji PM Frank Bain­i­marama Re-elected for Sec­ond Term

The Day After - - GLOBAL TIT-BIT -

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.

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