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From election to coup in Fiji : the 2006 campaign and its aftermath

Author: Yehonatan Shimʻon Frenḳel; Stewart Firth
Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. : Asia Pacific Press, 2007.
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"In May 2006 Fiji held its tenth general election since independence in 1970. In a country with an unenviable history of electoral trauma, the mood was apprehensive - not least because of controversial public statements against the incumbent Qarase government being made by the commander of Fiji's military forces. Despite a record number of parties and candidates, the winners were the heavily church-backed SDL, the  Read more...
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From election to coup in Fiji.
Canberra, A.C.T. : Asia Pacific Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608315231
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yehonatan Shimʻon Frenḳel; Stewart Firth
ISBN: 9780731538126 0731538129
OCLC Number: 166281791
Description: 483 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Fiji's perpetual legitimacy crisis / Stewart Firth and Jon Fraenkel --
A note on the Fiji electoral system / Jon Fraenkel --
Introduction --
1. Changing calculus and shifting visions / Stewart Firth and Jon Fraenkel --
The campaign --
2. Chance hai: from the campaign trail / Brij V. Lal --
3. The pre-election 'cold war': the role of the Fiji military during the 2006 election / Steven Ratuva --
4. Songs in sheds: some thoughts on the sociology of Fiji elections / Paul Geraghty --
5. Election observation missions to the 2006 Fiji election / Graham Hassall and Jeannette Bolenga --
The major parties --
6. The cycles of party politics / Jon Fraenkel and Stewart Firth --
7. Defending the inheritance: The SDL and the 2006 election / Alumita Durutalo --
8. The strategic impasse: Mahendra Chaudhry the Fiji Labour Party / Samisoni Pareti and Jon Fraenkel --
9. The failure of the moderates / The Yellow Bucket Team Issues --
Issues --
10. The impact of the Promotion of Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill on the 2006 election / Mosmi Bhim --
11. Reflections on the economic and social policies of political parties at the 2006 election / Biman Chand Prasad --
12. Broken promises: women and the 2006 Fiji election / Rae Nicholl --
13. The media and the spectre of the 2000 coup / Michael Field --
Case studies --
14. From marginalization to mainstream? Rotuma and the 2006 election / Kylie Jayne Anderson --
15. Tailevu North: five years down the line / Anare Tuitoga --
16. Bose ni Vanua and democratic politics in Rewa / Baro Saumaki --
17. Whatever happened to Western separatism? / Apolosi Bose and Jon Fraenkel --
18. The 'Generals' --
where to now? / The Yellow Bucket Team --
Analysis --
19. Elections and nation-building: the long road since 1970 / Robbie Robertson --
20. Indigenous title disputes: what they meant for the 2006 election / Morgan Tuimaleali'ifano --
21. Bipolar realignment under the alternative vote system: an analysis of the 2006 electoral data / Jon Fraenkel --
22. Fiji's electoral boundaries and malapportionment / Kesaia Seniloli --
23. The role of the Assembly of Christian Churches in Fiji in the 2006 election / Lynda Newland --
24. The role of Hindu and Muslim organizations during the 2006 election / Jonathon Prasad --
Perspectives --
25. Fiji's system of elections and government: where to from here? / Laisenia Qarase --
26. Tainted elections / Mahendra Chaudhry --
27. A view from the Electoral Commission / Graham Leung --
28. Multiparty cabinet and power-sharing: lessons from elsewhere / Jon Fraenkel --
29. Women and minority interests in Fiji's alternative vote electoral system / Suliana Siwatibau --
30. The case for reform of the electoral system in Fiji / David G. Arms --
31. An election retrospective / Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi --
Epilogue: Understanding Fiji's political paradox / Robert Norton --
Addendum: The Fiji coup of December 2006 --
who, what, where and why? / Jon Fraenkel --
App. 1. Multiparty government in Fiji: a timeline, 1997-2006 / Piccolo Willoughby --
App. 2. 2006 election results.
Responsibility: editors Jon Fraenkel, Stewart Firth.
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"In May 2006 Fiji held its tenth general election since independence in 1970. In a country with an unenviable history of electoral trauma, the mood was apprehensive - not least because of controversial public statements against the incumbent Qarase government being made by the commander of Fiji's military forces. Despite a record number of parties and candidates, the winners were the heavily church-backed SDL, the party of choice of the majority of indigenous Fijians; and the Fiji Labour Party, the party preferred by most Indo-Fijians. Although the result was ethnically polarized, for the first time in Fijian history the successful candidates came together to share power in a constitutionally ordained multiparty Cabinet, with Qarase retaining the prime ministership. But the fragile collaboration was short-lived. On 5 December, Commodore Bainimarama ordered a military take-over, ousting the elected government and replacing it with an 'interim' government of his choice. With contributions from ex-Vice President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, leader of the Fiji Labour Party and now interim Minister for Finance Mahendra Chaudhry, and an impressive array of leading commentators on Fijian affairs, this book provides a comprehensive, penetrating analysis of the lead-up to, the outcome and the aftermath of Fiji's historic 2006 election - including the December coup. Shedding light on the complex weave of traditional chiefly systems, race relations, economics, constitutionality, the military ethos and religion, From Election to Coup in Fiji is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Fiji, the South Pacific and the politics of divided societies."--Publisher.

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