Christmas gift for Fiji: Election done and dusted | RNZ News
6:43 pm on 25 December 2022 Share this
Fiji has finally reached the other side of the long and winding road that was the 2022 general election and can enjoy the festive season with a new leader decided.
Sitiveni Rabuka is Fiji’s first new leader in 16 years, but the work has only just begun for his three-party coalition government.
Rabuka inherits a divided nation
Rabuka was elected with 28 votes to 27.
“It was a very close margin,” Social Democratic Liberal Party (Sodelpa) youth forum president Ben Daveta said.
From the polls to parliament, every decision was balanced on a knife’s edge.
First, no party gained an outright majority to rule.
Then it took the king-makers Sodelpa two split-votes to choose a coalition partner — and even in the final secret ballot to elect a prime minister, someone in the opposition ranks voted for the other side.
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