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Fiji Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1999 Reviews of Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands are not included in this issue. the Fijian Association Party (fap), and the western Viti Levu­based Party of National Unity (panu)--the so-called People's Coalition. The partnership that had been forged between the svt's Rabuka and nfp's Jai Ram Reddy during the review and promulgation of the new constitution flowed into other areas of cooperation. The parties agreed to a seat-sharing formula in early 1999 that would see the svt contest all Fijian communal seats and 14 open seats, and the nfp all Indian communal seats and 11 open seats. The ugp was given all 3 general communal seats and 2 of the open seats allocated to the svt. There was also agreement that in the event of a svt-nfp-ugp victory Rabuka would become prime minister, while Reddy would be deputy prime minister. No such agreement on seat sharing or leadership was reached by the People's Coalition, a fact that was heavily exploited by its opposition in the election campaign that began in April. While the svt-nfp-ugp presented itself as the more solid and stable coalition, it branded the People's Coalition "a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1999 Reviews of Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands are not included in this issue. the Fijian Association Party (fap), and the western Viti Levu­based Party of National Unity (panu)--the so-called People's Coalition. The partnership that had been forged between the svt's Rabuka and nfp's Jai Ram Reddy during the review and promulgation of the new constitution flowed into other areas of cooperation. The parties agreed to a seat-sharing formula in early 1999 that would see the svt contest all Fijian communal seats and 14 open seats, and the nfp all Indian communal seats and 11 open seats. The ugp was given all 3 general communal seats and 2 of the open seats allocated to the svt. There was also agreement that in the event of a svt-nfp-ugp victory Rabuka would become prime minister, while Reddy would be deputy prime minister. No such agreement on seat sharing or leadership was reached by the People's Coalition, a fact that was heavily exploited by its opposition in the election campaign that began in April. While the svt-nfp-ugp presented itself as the more solid and stable coalition, it branded the People's Coalition "a

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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