23 Jan 2007

Fiji election may be five years away

11:26 am on 23 January 2007

A report from Fiji says it may be up to five years before general elections are held to replace the interim administration.

The Fijilive news website says this has been confirmed by the official secretary to the president, Rupeni Nacewa.

Mr Nacewa says five years is the timeframe the interim government led by the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, has given itself to complete its "clean-up" campaign.

The campaign included the removal of the Qarase government and sacking some senior civil servants and state-owned company board members who the army alleges were involved in corrupt practices.

Mr Naceva says President Iloilo has accepted the election timeframe set by the interim administration.

The president will soon appoint members of a tribunal which will investigate the allegations of corruptio