Elections held to name new government in Fiji

Elections held to name new government in Fiji

342 candidates vying for 51 parliament seats in 3rd democratic election in Pacific Island nation, home to over 912,000 people

By Riyaz ul Khaliq

ISTANBUL (AA) - People in Fiji on Wednesday voted to elect a new government.

Around 342 candidates are vying for 51 parliament seats for a four-year term. Inflation and unemployment are the two major issues facing the local populace.

The voting closed at 6 p.m. (0600GMT).

It is the third democratic election in the Pacific Island nation of over 912,000 population where Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party is standing against a coalition, People's Alliance Party, led by former Premier Sitiveni Rabuka.

Bainimarama, 68, had seized power in a coup in 2006 but introduced a new constitution in 2013 and later his party won elections in 2014 and 2018.

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