The Fiji Military Forces overthrew the Labour Government after only one month in office. The armed overthrow was led by Lt. Col. Sitiveni Rabuka, on May 14th 1987 at 10.00am and members of the government were held in captivity for seven days at the Boron House. Another attempt to get back to constitutional Government of National Unity also met the same fate when military again took over on 25th September 1987 and imposed military rule.
1992 General Elections▼
Previously Fiji Labour Party had decided that it would not contest any elections under the racially biased and discriminatory 1990 Constitution. However, the prevailing situation at that moment compelled the National Council meeting to decide otherwise and contest the 1992 general elections to have a voice in the House of Representatives. The Party did extremely well despite their late start to win the following 13 seats:
Mahendra P Chaudhry
G R S Chaudhry
Tulsi Ram Khelawan
Dr. K S Naidu
Shiu Sharan Sharma
Lekh Ram Vayeshno
The 1994 snap elections was a bitter affair with National Federation Party as it used racial overtures and FLP's conditional support for Sitiveni Rabuka to become the Prime Minister in return of immediate review of the racially discriminatory 1990 Constitution, ALTA, VAT and Labour reforms. Though FLP suffered due to the distortion of certain facts during the Elections, we still managed to win 7 Seats in the House of Representatives. More importantly, FLP raked in 46% of the total Indian votes, which indicated that labour still enjoyed a very strong support in the community.
The following members were elected to the House of Representatives following the snap elections:
Mahendra P Chaudhry
Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi
Dr. K S Naidu
1999 National Elections▼
▲1999 National Elections
The 1999 General Elections was held under the newly formulated 1997 Constitution and Fiji Labour Party after running an extensive campaign to help the poor and promising to address the disadvantaged, alleviation of poverty, bringing down the basic cost of livelihood, overwhelmingly won 37 seats. Together with its coalition partners, the coalition had 52 seats.
The following were the Labour Party members in Government:
Mahendra P. Chaudhry - Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprise, Sugar Industry and Information.
Dr. Tupeni L. Baba - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Anand K. Singh - Attorney General and Minister for Justice.
Ratu Moses Volavola - Minister for Lands, ALTA and Mineral Resources
S. S. Sharma - Minister for Works and Energy.
Pratap Chand - Minister for Education.
Ratu T. Momoedonu - Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations
Anup Kumar - Minister for Commerce, Business Development & Investment
Dr. Ganesh Chand - Minister for National Planning, Local Government, Housing and Environment.
Manoa Bale - Minister for Regional Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs
Lavenia Padarath - Minister for Women, Culture and Social Welfare.
Gaffar Ahmad - Assistant Minister for Home Affairs.
L. R. Vayeshnoi - Assistant Minister in Prime Minister's Office.
John Ali - Assistant Minister for Housing and Transport.
Dr. Gunasegran Gounder - Assistant Minister for Health.
The People Coalition Government one year at helm speaks for itself as milestone were reached and below is an account of the achievements of the government.