The aftermath of the May 2000 coup continues to affect political life in Fiji.
Following elections in 2001, a dispute over the composition of the Cabinet under the constitution’s power-sharing rules, which was submitted to the High Court, remains unresolved.
Within the High Court, a major crisis has been raging between judges, mainly as a consequence of the Chief Justice’s involvement in advising the illegal military government following the 2000 coup. Access to justice is a problem, with Fijians experiencing long delays, especially in Lautoka. The death penalty was abolished in 2002.
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