Bainimarama appointed himself Prime Minister without the benefit of an election and waited 7 years before calling an election to test his selection with voters, but the constitution he imposed without any input from the community has now been endorsed by the voters.
Decrees which were imposed without consent will now be passed into law in a Parliament controlled by Bainimarama. Many of these include his standard provision denying access to legal appeal of decisions by cabinet and ministers.
With Parliament in place there will be an opportunity to debate unless Bainimarama uses his numbers in parliament to gag debate. We need to note here Section 63 of the Constitution which gives Bainimarama power over his MPs by allowing him to sack from Parliament any member who “votes contrary to any direction issued by the political party” or is expelled from the political party.
Will Bainimarama use these powers to govern as he did as an unelected leader? Will he seek to punish all who voted against him? (And the electoral system makes it easy to identify villages and districts who did.) Will he purge civil servants suspected of disloyalty?