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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2008 Reviews of Vanuatu and West Papua “elections alone will not bring about are not included in this issue. democracy nor guarantee stability or end all coups” (Fiji Times, 18 Jan Fiji 2008). His statement set the tone for Fiji’s military-backed government what became the core ncbbf mes- dug in its heels during 2008, defying sage — an insistence on far-reaching pressure to hold elections. At home, electoral reforms to eliminate rac- interim Prime Minister Frank Baini- ism recycled as justifi cation for the marama courted popular backing for regime’s resisting pressure to hold a “People’s Charter” and sought to fresh elections by March 2009. Invita- restructure the Great Council of Chiefs tions to join the council were refused (gcc). Externally, relations soured fur- by deposed Prime Minister Qarase’s ther with Australia and New Zealand Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua over the breach of the commitment to (sdl) party and the Methodist hold elections by March 2009, several Church, indicating that the majority death threats directed at Australian of indigenous Fijians remained deeply High Commissioner James Batley, and opposed to the interim government’s the expulsion of additional journalists initiatives. Both of the major North http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2008 Reviews of Vanuatu and West Papua “elections alone will not bring about are not included in this issue. democracy nor guarantee stability or end all coups” (Fiji Times, 18 Jan Fiji 2008). His statement set the tone for Fiji’s military-backed government what became the core ncbbf mes- dug in its heels during 2008, defying sage — an insistence on far-reaching pressure to hold elections. At home, electoral reforms to eliminate rac- interim Prime Minister Frank Baini- ism recycled as justifi cation for the marama courted popular backing for regime’s resisting pressure to hold a “People’s Charter” and sought to fresh elections by March 2009. Invita- restructure the Great Council of Chiefs tions to join the council were refused (gcc). Externally, relations soured fur- by deposed Prime Minister Qarase’s ther with Australia and New Zealand Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua over the breach of the commitment to (sdl) party and the Methodist hold elections by March 2009, several Church, indicating that the majority death threats directed at Australian of indigenous Fijians remained deeply High Commissioner James Batley, and opposed to the interim government’s the expulsion of additional journalists initiatives. Both of the major North

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 29, 2009

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