28 May 2009

Fiji leader defends recent moves at ACP meeting Brussels

3:28 pm on 28 May 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has defended President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's move to abrogate the constitution in his address to the ACP Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels.

According to a report on Radio Fiji, he told the meeting that the abrogation was considered necessary in the difficult legal situation Fiji faced on April the 10th.

On April the 9th, the court of appeal declared that the interim regime formed after the 2006 military coup was illegal, which in turn prompted the President to sack the judges.

Commodore Bainimarama has told the Council that a so-called new legal order in Fiji allows the President to continue with the reforms that he had embarked on and which he claims are supported by a majority of Fiji's population.

He has called on the ACP Council and the EU for assistance to bring about a lasting resolution to the political situation in Fiji.

Earlier this month, the EU cancelled its sugar aid allocation to Fiji after Commodore Bainimarama reneged on his 2007 promise to return Fiji to democratic rule by March 2009.

He now says elections won't be held before 2014.