30 Apr 2008

Fiji regime says President supports forum on electoral reform

9:59 pm on 30 April 2008

Fiji's interim regime says the president has approved a call by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji for a forum to be called to discuss electoral reform.

The president's statement is yet to be made public but the acting interim prime minister, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, says Ratu Josefa Iloilo has given his support for what is being described as an urgent call for the forum to meet.

The interim regime wants to do away with the electoral system laid down in the constitution.

But the military has closed parliament and suspended the Great Council of Chiefs which are the bodies to approve key changes.

The acting interim prime minister says action will now be taken, as necessary and appropriate, to convene the proposed forum as soon as practically possible.

This comes amid concern over the health of Ratu Josefa.

As part of his 2006 coup, the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, briefly claimed to he was the president but when the GCC refused to accept this he relinquished the claim to then become the interim prime minister.