Fiji Water at center of junta’s political crisis
The Fijian government has expelled Fiji Water’s top executive in the country over vague allegations that he was interfering in local politics, the island nation’s military leader says: Speaking from China, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said American David Roth "had been acting in a manner prejudicial to good governance and public order by interfering in the ...
Speaking from China, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said American David Roth "had been acting in a manner prejudicial to good governance and public order by interfering in the domestic affairs and governance of Fiji".
"It is unfortunate that David Roth saw it fit to engage in activities outside of his work-permit conditions," he said, but he did not explain the nature of such actions.
A few days earlier, the country’s de facto Prime Minister resigned over Roth’s expulsion, refusing to sign the order to have him deported.
Trendy Fiji Water accounts for around 20 percent of the country’s exports according to some estimates. The company maintains that it tries to stay out of the island nation’s often violent politics, though as Anna Lenzer’s 2009 investigation for Mother Jones makes clear, that essentially impossible in a place like Fiji.
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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