2 Jul 2009

SDL says new Fiji roadmap doesn't augur well

1:16 pm on 2 July 2009

The general secretary of Fiji's ousted governing party, Peceli Kinivuwai, says a lull in constitutionality over the next four years does not augur well for such a young country.

This comes after the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said work would begin in 2012, for a constitution to be ready in 2013 for elections to be held in 2014.

Mr Kinivuwai of the SDL Party says even after four more years, any new constitution would still have to be approved by parliament.

"There's no shortcut to making constitution. You abrogate the constitution, there are ways of doing it. If you want to take away the constitution, there are very clear ways of doing it. If you want to enact a new constitution, there are also very well documented legislative ways of doing it. But there is no shortcut. You can not cut and paste the constitution."

Peceli Kinivuwai says the SDL party has always believed the way forward for Fiji is for political stakeholders to eet and talk, but he no longer believes that will happen.