8 Dec 2011

Fiji interim attorney general promises fewer MPs in next election

3:23 pm on 8 December 2011

Fiji's interim attorney general says the size of parliament will be reduced when the country holds elections in 2014.

The military regime says it will begin the process of drafting a new constitution next year.

FBC news reports the Attorney General and Minister for Electoral Reform, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the reduction was recommended by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

He says the number of parliamentary seats to be scrapped will be discussed at consultations in September next year.

There were 71 MPs in Fiji's last parliament.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says that is too many for a country with a population of about 900,000.