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Rabuka by Ratuva

Interesting comments about Sitiveni Rabuka by former local academic Steven Ratuva. Excerpts from an interview Professor Ratuva – now director, MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at New Zealand’s Canterbury
28 Jun 2016 13:48
Rabuka by Ratuva
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Interesting comments about Sitiveni Rabuka by former local academic Steven Ratuva. Excerpts from an interview Professor Ratuva – now director, MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at New Zealand’s Canterbury University, gave Radio New Zealand International:

On whether SODELPA and Mr Rabuka can challenge PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Fiji First:  “Rabuka has the experience and also has the mindset.”

On their military backgrounds: “Remember these are both former military officers and they are able to read each other’s mind.”

On the impact of Mr Rabuka leading the country’s first coups: “One can argue that perhaps SODELPA has lost the moral high ground but you know at the end of the day almost every politician has been tainted in some way.”

On Mr Rabuka and the politics of race: “His own political position has changed from i-Taukeism to multi-racialism. He’s really no different from Bainimarama now. They both believe in multi-racialism and they both believe in bringing all the ethnic groups together.”

On SODELPA and its multiracial support: “That’s one of the weaknesses of SODELPA in the last election. They were not able to go across the ethnic divide.”

 

Volley hot meeting

Fiji Volleyball Federation’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday is expected to be a heated one. There is anticipation of changes in how the sport is run, and who runs it.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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