NZ says Fiji’s military leader likely to form own party
New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says he believes Fiji’s military commander Frank Bainimarama will form his own political party, ahead of the planned democratic elections in 2014.
Mr McCully led a Pacific Forum Ministerial contact group that went to Fiji this week, to see what work had been done in planning for a national vote.
Mr McCully has told Pacific Beat in talks with the Deputy Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in the absence of Commodore Bainimarama there were brief discussions about the make up of a new political party in Fiji, founded by the current military regime.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were elements from inside the military and out,” he said.
“So its correct to then turn your mind to whether the military will respect a new administration, if it is going to pursue some policies that they don’t like.”