|1987 coupmaker: Rabuka|
Fiji's first coup maker Sitiveni Rabuka has told New Zealand he doubts the 2014 elections will go ahead.
The keynote speaker at the University of Canterbury's Democracy in the Pacific conference was yesterday reported as saying he hoped the elections would go ahead but admitted '... that hope is not based on very good grounds.'
"When we talk about democracy in the Pacific, one size does not fit all. Military has always had a presence in the Fiji culture. We think of militant ways of changing things, rather than waiting for the next elections.
"It may be that we have corporate cooperation in 2014 where together the government and the military keep tabs on our civil military relations to prevent things from breaking down again, as it has happened many times in Fiji."
Rabuka, who carried out two coups in 1987, says if elections do not go ahead, the illegal Prime Minister and the 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama, who is not a member of any political party, will remain in power.
''I have not seen Mr Bainimarama move in a civilian political party organisation direction, so I don't know whether he will have a party or will join one,'' he said.
|2006 coup maker: Bainimarama|
''I don't know whether we will have everything in place for the 2014 elections. Whether we can meet all the deadlines and steps remains to be seen. There are still so many detractors but the programme is in place."
Rabuka says he did not expect any future coups, given what he described as the regime's powerful grip on Fiji: ''I can't see why there should be another coup, whether there be should be anybody or another group powerful enough to execute something to counter Frank's (coup).''