I strongly believe Professor Ratuva is way off the mark in predicting that the 2018 elections will be battled out between Biman, Rabuka and Bainimarama for the country's prime ministership
The principal battle was won in 2014, we've made it through to 2017 and we have a year to go for the next elections.
The simple fact that the ruling party is about to make its first full cycle as the democratically elected ruling party is enough for the majority of our people to vote them forward. I believe their honesty, care, and most importantly, their stability through a very difficult term is more than enough for them to make a comfortable win in 2018.
There is no more battle for our current PM, Mr Ratuva, most certainly not! For he has proven that he can come through!
I believe the battle will be between Biman, Rabuka and the rest of the lot for opposition seats in which they will have no other work to do except to keep the seats warm and collect their unjustified pay pack!
Editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, rightly concluded in his editorial (FT:25/03) that the masses will eventually determine the final outcome.
Well, the masses spoke in 2014 and they will shout, come 2018!
FijiFirst came into power on the back of a very big margin and I believe they will do even better this time around!