Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Listeners view on Fiji in their latest Editorial 'From bula to bully'

Heres an excerpt below & you can click the title to read the full article. NZ LISTENER is a must read magazine as it contains alot of robust article.
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From bula to bully

Indonesia is a shining example of why it doesn't have to be like this in Fiji.
It is increasingly clear that the only group that can lead Fiji out of the disaster in which it now finds itself are the very people who created it – the military. It is they who must depose their leader, uphold the constitution, restore the judiciary and ensure the restoration of democratic freedoms to their fellow citizens.
Impossible? In the very month that Fiji crossed the line into military dictatorship, Indonesia's successful demonstration of democracy in parliamentary elections is a clear example to Fijians that it does not have to be like this. The final count in the Indonesian elections – the first where Indonesians will be able to directly choose their legislators, as opposed to voting solely for parties as happened in the first elections since the country shook free of dictatorship 10 years ago – is not expected until May 9. But in a statement that would once have seemed pure fantasy, the Golkar party so closely tied to Indonesia's military dictatorship has already gracefully conceded defeat. "We're disappointed," says the Golkar general-secretary, "but that's the voters' decision and we'll accept the results."
From bula to bully
Indonesia is a shining example of why it doesn't have to be like this in Fiji.
It is increasingly clear that the only group that can lead Fiji out of the disaster in which it now finds itself are the very people who created it – the military. It is they who must depose their leader, uphold the constitution, restore the judiciary and ensure the restoration of democratic freedoms to their fellow citizens.
Impossible? In the very month that Fiji crossed the line into military dictatorship, Indonesia's successful demonstration of democracy in parliamentary elections is a clear example to Fijians that it does not have to be like this. The final count in the Indonesian elections – the first where Indonesians will be able to directly choose their legislators, as opposed to voting solely for parties as happened in the first elections since the country shook free of dictatorship 10 years ago – is not expected until May 9. But in a statement that would once have seemed pure fantasy, the Golkar party so closely tied to Indonesia's military dictatorship has already gracefully conceded defeat. "We're disappointed," says the Golkar general-secretary, "but that's the voters' decision and we'll accept the results."

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