22 Sep 2014

Weak opposition problematic for Fiji: academic

6:55 am on 22 September 2014

A Pacific studies academic Steven Ratuva says the likely make-up of Fiji's parliament will throw up a lot of problems.

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama Photo: RNZI

The final tally is expected today but results so far show Frank Bainimarama's FijiFirst party is likely to hold 32 seats in the 50-member parliament.

Dr Ratuva says Sodelpa's likely 15 seats and the National Federation Party's three make up a very weak opposition.

"It's going to be a very unbalanced parliament in terms of accountability and secondly in terms of complacency for the government itself. You're bound to have parliamentary dynamics which will be almost totalitarian in nature, although of course it's legitimate, it's through election."

Dr Ratuva says while many of the FijiFirst candidates have government experience only one has been in parliament before.