16 Dec 2010

Fiji hints at delay with new constitution

3:50 pm on 16 December 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has hinted at a delay in drafting a new constitution.

Last year, the interim regime abolished the 1997 constitution and said work on a new one would begin in 2012 and be finished in 2013.

According to the Fiji Times, Commodore Bainimarama now says it should be in place come 2013 or 2014, when the interim regime has promised it will relinquish power to an elected government.

He says developments are also focused on sectors such as health, education and water supply.

He says those, and the People's Charter, are what the government wants implemented by 2013 or 2014.