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After two false starts, Fiji’s rival former prime ministers finally get together for vital talks over the country’s future. David Robie assesses their chances.

After a few weeks of optimism over reports that Fiji’s former prime ministers were burying their hatchets and agreeing to discuss a government of national unity to take over from the military-backed regime, the hopes have been dampened.

Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, architect of Fijian independemnce and leader of the country for 17 years, and the man who ousted him in the April 1987 general election, Dr Timocy Bavadra, are still expected to have talks today.

The Fijian feudal connection
The Fijian feudal connection, The Dominion, 4 September 1987
David Robie
David Robie
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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