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Fiji’s Strongman Leader Loses Majority in National Elections

Fiji’s long-time leader, Frank Bainimarama, failed to win a majority in elections held last week, leaving the Pacific island nation facing a hung parliament and a period of uncertainty as political parties look to form coalitions. 

Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party won 26 seats in the Dec. 14 vote, according to Fijilive.com and data from the Fiji Elections Office. That’s two short of the majority needed to form a government in the 55-member parliament. It typically takes days for final results to come in after the polls because ballots need to arrive from outlying islands.