Fiji. In November, the country went to election for the
second time since the 2006 coup that brought Voreqe "Frank"
Bainimarama to power. About 1% of voters had to wait until
the day after the actual election day because of heavy rains
and floods. Apart from a few minor objections, international
observers approved the election and stated that it had been
open and credible. Bainimarama's party Fiji first got 50% of
the vote, the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) 40%
and the National Federation Party (NFP) 7%, which meant that
Bainimarama could remain in power.
In August, President Jioji Konrote was re-elected by
Parliament. According to
Countryaah.com, the vote was thus held only a few months before
the forthcoming parliamentary election, something the
opposition vainly opposed. However, government opponents
showed their dissatisfaction by refusing to launch a counter
candidate. Konrote was sworn in for a second three-year term
as head of state in early November.
Just a month before the election, a trial was held
against the opposition leader, former coup maker and prime
minister, Sitiveni Rabuka. He was accused of providing false
information about his financial assets and debts to the
country's electoral authority. However, he was released and
could stand in the election as planned.
In April, the country was hit by two tropical cyclones in
the course of a couple of weeks, with severe flooding as a
result. At least eight people lost their lives.