Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2002 Reviews of West Papua and Solomon Islands are not included in this issue. The political and economic highlights in Fiji in 2002 have again brought into sharp focus a lesson painfully learned after the 1987 military coups: it takes years to recover from the negative ramifications of any national political upheaval. The economic and sociopolitical fallout of the May 2000 civilian coup in Fiji continued to impact major events in both the politico-legal and economic domains of the nation during the year. The path to economic recovery and sociopolitical normalcy was generally shaky and fraught with difficulties. The local tabloids regularly featured major scams within the civil service, exacerbated by gross fiscal mismanagement by the state and a general lack of political goodwill between the major political parties--the ruling Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (sdl) and the opposition Fiji Labour Party (flp). In an editorial comment on 19 May 2002, the Fiji Times noted a predictable trend of court decisions followed by appeals, "scams of ludicrous proportions," and botched investigations into corruption cases since the 2000 coup. The editorial also questioned whether all Fiji citizens were equal before the law, arguing that
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 7, 2003
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