My comment on Rev Akuila Yabaki’s assertions about the Fiji military and democracy in “The elections must be free of military control and members of the military serving in civilian office seen as having resigned from military office on the day elections are announced.”
Over the past three decades, Fiji’s military has become increasingly conscious of its role and status as part of the power elite. It exercises political power through the displacement of Fijian chiefly power. The military is therefore the Vunivalu (war chief) to the chiefs’ Tui (sacred chiefs), and is embedded in an antithetical relationship in which it currently has the upper hand. To expect the war chiefs (aka military) to be cognisant of and committed to democracy is an expectation too far…
My comment on post titled re: Ex Coup 4.5…… He has first hand experience with the thuggery of the illegal regime, being one of three NGO workers called to the barracks just after Bainimarama took over in 2006 and abused and beaten.”
Most interesting re: the ‘game changer’ referenced in this post is: the extension of the vote to the Fiji youth was introduced by the present military-helmed government. Hence, if this youth – of which the SODELPA Youth President is the most widely known in terms of media exposure – is able to challenge PM Bainimarama, they do so via a visibility and vocality constitutionalised by the government. Democracy? I think so.