Not Everyone In Fiji Is Happy About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Visit
By Rebecca Holman Posted on 23 Oct 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already proving popular in Fiji - hundreds of people lined the roads by the airport to greet the couple when they arrived yesterday, and they were treated to a full red-carpet greeting, complete with military salute and the national anthem.
However, Robin Nair, who was Fiji’s foreign affairs permanent secetary before he resigned last year has expressed concern that Prime Minster Frank Bainimarama will take ‘full advantage’ of the royal couple’s visit.
With the country’s elections - only the second since a military coup in 2006 - due to take place in less than three weeks time. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to draw massive crowds wherever they go in Fiji, and there is concern that the ‘euphoria and joy created by the visit’ (Mr Nair’s words, not ours) will give the incumbent, Prime Minister Bainimarama plenty of photo opportunities where he can paint himself in a positive light.
Former government official Shailendra G Raju also criticized the visit in a Facebook post. In a letter addressed to the UK High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Raju called for the visit to be ‘postponed to a mutually convenient and more appropriate time’.
‘Although not publicly,’ he wrote. ‘I am sure you would agree privately that the present Government has not provided a level playing field for an open and fair elections.’
It looks like the public in Fiji don’t share politicians concerns however, At one of the couple’s first public engagement in Fiji, hundreds of locals gathered in the rain to watch as the couple received a traditional ceremonial welcome.
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