Sitiveni Rabuka put in as Fijian prime minister after new coalition’s vote of assist

Fiji’s Sitiveni Rabuka has develop into the nation’s prime minister after a coalition of events voted to assist him in a secret parliamentary vote, signalling an finish to Frank Bainimarama’s 16 years in energy.

The appointment of Mr Rabuka ends 10 days of uncertainty after nation’s the election delivered a hung parliament.

Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Social gathering (SODELPA) on Friday voted to kind a coalition with Mr Rabuka’s Folks’s Alliance and the Nationwide Federation Social gathering.

The deal was designed to dislodge Fiji First’s Mr Bainimarama as prime minister.

Mr Bainimarama has led the Pacific archipelago since a 2006 coup.

Held on Saturday, the key parliamentary vote for prime minister was nearer than had been anticipated, with 28 members of parliament voting for Mr Rabuka whereas 27 voted in assist of Mr Bainimarama.

The coalition holds 29 seats in parliament, indicating that one member had damaged ranks to vote in favour of the previous prime minister.

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama leaves a polling station wearing orange shirt and flanked by two police officers
Fiji First chief Frank Bainimarama’s time as prime minister has come to an finish.(Reuters: AAP Picture/Mick Tsikas )

Fiji has been pivotal to the strategically positioned South Pacific’s response to growing competitors for affect between China and america. Mr Rabuka has stated he favours Western-style democracy.


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