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Fiji's first coup leader is promising to restore democratic freedoms to the country if elected Prime Minister later this year.
Sitiveni Rabuka is the leader of the opposition SODELPA party and came to prominence in 1987 when he overthrew the elected government of Timoci Bavadra.
Rabuka has apologised for his role in Fiji's coup culture.
He said if elected he would repeal decrees which he said gave the current government unfettered authoritarian power.
Rabuka cited the government's limiting of media freedom, the stifling of people's right to peaceful protest and the repression of Fijians' ability to openly criticise the government.
“The sedition law is still there, while most other countries have decided to do away with sedition laws because it demonstrates real freedom, to objectively criticise governments.”
Rabuka said he was waiting for the government to announce the election date, which must happen by 22 November.
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