Fiji suspended from the Commonwealth

Fiji is suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations due to a refusal to reinstate elections by 2010 following the 2006 Fijian coup d’état.

Fiji, which was not a member of the Commonwealth between 1987 and 1997 as a result of a pair of coups d’état, has also been suspended twice, with the first suspension being imposed from 6 June 2000 to 20 December 2001 after another coup.

Fiji has been suspended once again, since 8 December 2006, following the most recent coup, this suspension only applying to membership on the Councils of the Commonwealth. After failing to meet a Commonwealth deadline for setting national elections by 2010 Fiji was “fully suspended” on 1 September 2009.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, confirmed that full suspension meant that Fiji would be excluded from Commonwealth meetings, sporting events and the technical assistance program (with an exception for assistance in re-establishing democracy). Sharma also stated that Fiji would remain a member of the Commonwealth during its suspension, but would be excluded from emblematic representation by the secretariat.

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