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, Suva is the capital city of Fiji, a country located in Melanesia. 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.