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Yearbook 2001

Fiji. In March, Fiji's Court of Appeal ruled that the interim minister appointed at the 2000 coup was illegal. Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase resigned but was reinstated a day later by President Iloila.

2001 Fiji

According to Countryaah, Parliamentary elections were held in August - September, and the largest party was Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL), formed by Qarase in May. SDL received 32 of the House of Representatives 71 seats, followed by the Social Democratic Labor Party, which received 27 seats. The latter, however, received a larger share of the votes.

The conservative alliance Matanai Vanua (MV) became the third largest party with 6 seats. The coup leader from 2000, George Speight, entered Parliament for the MV. He was still in custody, charged with treason, but allowed to stand because he had not yet been sentenced. He was later expelled from Parliament. The formal reason was that he had been absent from two consecutive parliamentary sessions.

Qarase formed government together with MV. This meant that all ministers were ethnic Fijians. The Labor Party, which is dominated by the Indian minority, was held outside the government despite the constitution being entitled to ministerial posts. Labor leader Mahendra Chaudhry turned to the court to support his claims for representation in the government.

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