18 May, 2006
Laisenia Qarase plans new government
All vote counts are almost complete now with Laisenia Qarase's SDL party winning a majority of seats and looks headed to forming the new Government. In an interview in today's Fiji Times, Mr Qarase said that he would be speaking with the President today before he takes the next step of forming the new Government. Mr Qarase said that if all goes well, he may be sworn in as Prime Minister this afternoon. During vote counting, an evident trend that emerged was that most indigenous Fijians voted the SDL party while the majority of Indians voted for the Mahendra Chaudhary led Fiji Labour Party. This trend has been interpreted by some as an indication that voting is still done on racial lines in Fiji. Read this blog over the next few days as the new Government is formed.