28 Sep 2014

A 'step forward' for Fijian democracy

9:01 am on 28 September 2014

A pro-democracy group says it hopes Fiji's reinstatement into the Commonwealth means the newly-elected government will be held accountable for its actions.

Frank Bainimarama

Frank Bainimarama Photo: Republika

Fiji's membership was suspended after a military coup eight years ago.

Now that the country has elected the leader of the coup, Frank Bainimarama, as the Prime Minister Fiji has been reinstated as a full member of the Commonwealth.

A spokesperson for the Fiji Pro Democracy Movement in Wellington, Sai Lealea, said the membership will help ensure the country adheres to the values of the Commonwealth such as freedom of the press.

While he said it was a step forward forward, he warned it was still early days and the country had a long way to go before becoming a fully fledged democracy.

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