The race card has surfaced and not surprisingly it has come from the side that made an issue out of it in 2006.
In an interview with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Frank Bainimarama has criticised those he says are attacking Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum because he is an Indo-Fijian.
Not naming anyone but clearly referring to recent descriptions of Khaiyum as a megalomaniac who manipulates Bainimarama, the illegal prime minister said the people criticising Khaiyum are racist by nature.
“Everyone blames AG because he is one of the two Indo-Fijians in cabinet. It is more racial than anything else.”
In an interview with the Auckland radio station, Bainimarama also criticised the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, for saying Mara may be allowed into the country."It would be a matter of concern for everyone if John Key was allow him into New Zealand, eh.
"In the first instance, John Key will be reneging on his public announcement that he wants to renew his relationship with Fiji. Obviously, he is not very serious about that. What he's trying to do is put a wedge between Tonga and Fiji's relationship.
"One might want to ask if New Zealand is really to grant political asylum to anyone who does wrong, not only Fiji but in other countries as well or is he just targeting Fiji. But John Key has been harping about democracy in Fiji.
"If this is what democracy means, to be a refuge to wrongdoers then obvious this is not the direction or the path Fiji wants to take."
Bainimarama said Key needs to stay out the situation between Tonga and Fiji saying it's between the two countries.