Fiji: Undemocracy in Action

For those of us living in countries with democratic processes and smooth transitions of power, it’s good to be reminded what the opposite looks like. From the Telegraph. (Scroll past the excessively long ad at the top.)

President Ratu Josefa Iloilo used a nationally-broadcast radio address to announce that he had abolished the constitution, assumed all governing power and revoked all judicial appointments. The move will deepen a political crisis gripping the troubled South Pacific nation.
It came one day after the country’s second-highest court ruled that the military government that took power after a bloodless coup in 2006 was illegal

So, miffed that the court ruled against his government, President Iloilo abolished the constitution and fired the entire judiciary.

He also said Fiji would hold elections in 2014.

What matters is that they’ll get around to it eventually.

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joe bernstein
joe bernstein
15 years ago

Fiji-a country known mainly to stamp collectors and the Kennedys who hide their money there to avoid taxes

15 years ago

Oh yeah, Democracy is so great. Here in America, apparently 53 percent of the population has views similar to those of Pat Crowley. And thanks to Democracy, the rest of us sane folk gotta put up with it! Democracy is nothing more than a tyrany of the majority. No more, no less.
The public school system may have brainwashed some to believe Democracy is a God-sent gift, but I know better.

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