SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Former Fiji Military ruler Fran Bainimarama swept to victory and in the Septeber 2014 general elections with over 65% people voting for his party Fiji First Party.
Here in San Francisco Monday September 29 more than 300 Fiji Americans of gave Mr. Bainimarama a rousing welcome when he stopped by on his way back home after his UNO address in New York.
(Fiji Sun TV Captured highlights of the events>
Fighting both a backlash at home and boycott from the neighboring giants Australia and New Zealand and international pressure to return tiny Pacific island nation back to democracy after he toppled a racist Qarase Government 14 years ago, Mr. Bainimarama produced a new and balanced Constitution removing the controversial Great Council of Chief, reducing the size of the government to a one house parliament and for the imposing one man one vote in place of cross-voting system imposed by the departing British rukers.
During his rule Bainimarama gave Fiji GDP growth from 2 to 4 per cent, a significant improvement in housing and jobs and a $1 Billion in reserves unprecedented in Fiji’s history.