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A racially-weighted structure, promulgated by means of decree in 1990, divided the rustic and invited overseas condemnation, and the economic climate suffered from the cave in of associations of excellent governance. In 1995, an self sustaining structure overview Commision appointed by means of the Fijian parliament, prompt wide-ranging adjustments to the structure. Its document shaped the root of a brand new structure promulgated, after wide-ranging session and debate, in 1997. years later, Fiji held a common election lower than it. This number of essays seems on the politics and dynamics of that momentous occasion, and the function of key members and associations in generating an consequence that, a yr later, plunged Fiji into its first significant problem of the twenty-first century. The essays examine many of the key political and improvement concerns at the eve of the difficulty, however the relevance to the present debates in regards to the nature and which means of politics in Fiji continues to be. all of the individuals are acknowledged and longstanding experts of their fields.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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If elected, Labour promised to repeal legislation requiring farmers to pay back the F$27 million cash grant and crop rehabilitation loan made to drought-stricken farmers in 1998; establish a Land Use Commission, in consultation with landowners and tenants, to identify and access vacant lands; and oppose privatisation of strategic utilities such as water, electricity, telecommunications and civil aviation. 'We also believe that the overall control of the exploitation of natural resources such as forestry and fisheries must remain in State hands to maintain their sustainability.

Influential chiefs distanced themselves from the party they had blessed, Rabuka's leadership Fiji before the storm was questioned and ridiculed within his own party, and rival parties were formed to challenge the SVT's authority among Fijians-the Great Council of Chiefs' nominal sponsorship notwithstanding. Deserted by leading chiefs and former supporters, including members of the powerful Methodist Church, the SVTwas not what it had been in the early 1990s, but it was still the largest party in parliament.

In the early 1990s, facing pressure from landless Fijians, the government devised a Bill to return these lands to Fijians and their management was transferred to the Native Land Trust Board, which also manages native land on behalf of Fijian landlords. The NFP criticised the government's proposal. It also opposed the policy of purchasing freehold land and giving it to the Fijians. It had been particularly vocal in denouncing the setting up of the Viti Corps, a government initiative to provide agricultural training to Fijian youth on a freehold property it had purchased for F$7 million.

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