17 Jul 2017

Fiji military says it will accept the outcome of next year's election

5:47 pm on 17 July 2017

Fiji's military says it will accept the results of next year's election, no matter what the outcome is.

The Fijian president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau inspects the Guard of Honour before addressing parliament

The Fijian president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau inspects the Guard of Honour before addressing parliament Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

The chief of staff, Colonel Jone Kalouniwai, said the military has learned from past mistakes, and would accept the outcome.

Since 1987, Fiji has been hit by military coups three times within a year after elections.

Robin Nair (L) when he was Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at preparatory talks for the UN Oceans Conference, March 2017

Photo: Fiji Government

The 2014 election was the first since Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's coup in 2006.

The instigator of the 1987 coup, Sitiveni Rabuka, is now the leader of the main opposition Sodelpa Party, pitting former coup leader against former coup leader.

Former Fiji prime minister and two-time coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Former Fiji prime minister and two-time coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

But while promising to accept the results, the military hasn't refrained from talking openly about politics.

So far this year, it has spoken out against statements from both of the main opposition parties as well as the Methodist Church.

Under the constitution, the military is responsible for the well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.

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