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So we've been told at last: the name of Frank Bainimarama's political party and the date the election will be held: Fiji First Party and September 17.
It follows the release of the overdue Electoral Decree 2014.
More on the decree later but significant development today with the announcement by the National Federation Party that lawyer, Tupou Draunidalo, has been elected president.
The stepdaughter of Fiji's shortlived 1987 prime minister, Timoci Bavadra, is the first i-taukei to ever be elected president of the country's oldest Indian party.
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Also this weekend has come reassurances the international community will be allowed to send observers to the election.
Australia is expected to head the team.
Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has released a statement hailing the announcement of the polling day, blithely unaware the regime has already announced the director of operations, even as the Fiji Sun and the election website say the closing day for the position is April the 14th.
Footnote: The manager human resources and the manager IT have been sacked from the election office after over a missing laptop (see C4.5 story last month). Both have been told in 'diplomatic terms' their service is no longer required as of tomorrow Monday March 31.