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.