Bainimarama doesn’t care if he is called ‘dictator’
Fiji’s Prime Minister – unfazed by being labelled a dictator – is now talking about dictatorship of another kind.
Frank Bainimarama was in Auckland over the weekend drumming up support for his political party in the upcoming Fiji elections next month.
He told talkback on Radio Tarana he’s out to win all the parliamentary seats in the first elections to be held since his 2006 coup.
“I don’t want even a little chance of the other political parties winning one seat or two seats.
“I need all 50 seats.”
Mr Bainimarama says he can’t afford to be sitting in parliament talking about development in Fiji, when there’s a group of people talking about secular state and bringing back the great council of chiefs.
He says dictators, presidents and Prime Ministers are people’s definition of leaders nowadays.
But he says for Fiji if he’s doing what needs to be done – then dictator it is.
Mr Bainimarama says the largest number of tourists to his country are from Australia and New Zealand and he will continue to maintain trade relations with the two countries.
But he says that after the coup, Fiji had to turn to other countries for support.
He says they kept a look out for other nations to assist Fiji in what Australia and Fiji couldn’t do, which is accept Fiji politically and China has done that, Russia has now come on board and India has always been there.