SUVA (Reuters) – Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will stay in power for a second term as he narrowly won a general election yesterday after voting resumed following delays due to bad weather.
Mr Bainimarama’s Fiji First party led with about 50 percent of the votes, closely followed by nearly 40 percent for opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), according to the Fiji Elections Office (FEO).
Mr Bainimarama, who has been the Prime Minister of Fiji since leading a bloodless coup in 2006, has won 27 of 51 seats, according to the electoral commission.
“I’m proud to become your prime minister once again,” Mr Bainimarama told FBC News from Auckland, New Zealand, where he had been attending his brother’s funeral.
Fiji went to polls on Wednesday, only the second time the country has held democratic elections since 2006.
Mahendra Chaudhry of the Fiji Labor Party has claimed that the elections supervisor, Mohammed Saneem, had compromised the procedures and the requirement of the law,thus casting doubt on the credibility of the elections.
Mr Saneem responded by saying that the Elections Office had been fair and transparent in giving all the information accurately.