18 Jul 2018

Rabuka v Bainimarama seen as 'damp squib' contest

From , 3:05 pm on 18 July 2018

Two of the Pacific's most notorious strongmen are up against each other in the Fiji election due this year.

The instigator of Fiji's first coup and now opposition party leader Sitiveni Rabuka is facing the incumbent prime minister and leader of Fiji's fourth coup Frank Bainimarama.

But Mr Rabuka first faces a court hurdle over allegations he falsely declared his finances.

If he's convicted he'll be disqualified from running for office.

Academic Robbie Robertson is the author of the General's Goose about Mr Rabuka and he told Sally Round the military-man turned politician likes the limelight but remains haunted by his past.

Sitiveni Rabuka and Frank Bainimarama.

Sitiveni Rabuka and Frank Bainimarama. Photo: AFP / RNZ Pacific