World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Baba Blames Defeat On 'Politics Of Extremism'

By REGGIE DUTT: September 7, 2001 Wansolwara Online (USP)

SUVA (Pasifik Nius): Deposed Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tupeni Baba last night accepted his defeat in the Fiji general election — but blamed it on the politics of extremism.

He also hinted at uncertaintles over the poll in the wake of poll-rigging allegations against the Soqosoqo Dauvata ni Lewenivanua, which has gained the highest number of seats against all predictions.

The SDL held 28 seats last night, one more than the Fiji Labour Party at 27 with three more seats to be declared.

The New Labour Unity Party leader was beaten on preference votes for SDL after leading in the Samabula/Tamavua open seat.

"The people have spoken and decided to go for politics of extremism as against the moderation policy of the New Labour Unity Party. We accept that, provided, of course, the election has been conducted properly," Dr Baba said on Fiji Television.

He said the mood at the time of the election should be considered.

"We’ve been through a very difficult time. We’ve been through an economic crisis. We’ve been through a bloodbath and it appears now that the people don't want to go for moderation," he said.

Remaining hopeful for the future, Dr Baba said: "Maybe after the people have seen the consequences of politics of extremism, with a strong overlay of racism, they will begin to realise that promises will not be delivered.

"There will be major instability and problems and people will then realise the importance of politics of moderation, politics of getting together people of all races.

"I hope that this is only a temporary move and I don’t think people will continue to push for this kind of politics.

"After a little while they will begin to see the great need for moderation, for peace and stability and for getting people together," he said.

Dr Baba said the future for the country lay in the moderate direction and that’s what his party would keep fighting for.

The party meets today to decide whether the two candidates who have secured seats in Parliament whether to join a likely SDL-led government or Fiji Labour Party-led government — or stay in opposition.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>


Myanmar: UN Chief Rohingya Refugee Crisis Enters Second Year

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to ramshackle refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, Bangladesh after being forced from their homes by a military operation which UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein compared, at the time, to ethnic cleansing. More>>


Scott Morrison In Hot Seat: NZ Congratulates Current Australian PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today congratulated Scott Morrison on winning the leadership of the Australian Liberal Party and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. More>>


Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC