6 Dec 2011

Five years after coup, big decisions still to be made in Fiji

2:33 pm on 6 December 2011

A former Fiji academic says there are huge decisions to be made about resources before Fiji can move ahead with a democratic government.

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the 2006 military coup in Fiji.

The regime has held on to power since then, ruling largely by decree, and says it will not hold elections until 2014.

An associate professor at Victoria University in Wellington, Graham Hassall, says there are still big decisions to be made in terms of a system of government and land administration.

"Those types of restraints that will impact on the economy, and therefore on decisions that are made about how the economy runs, those are unchanged. And so there's going to be great challenges in finding a way forward, finding solutions to those ongoing economic challenges which basically haven't changed, coup or no coup, there's huge decisions to be made about the use of resources in Fiji."

Graham Hassall says he believes there is a global expectation that the 2014 deadline will be adhered to.