5 Mar 2012

Fiji constitution consultation process now expected this week

6:31 am on 5 March 2012

The Fiji regime says the procedures for public consultations for the formulation of the new constitution will be outlined this week.

This comes after it failed to do so by the end of February as it missed its self-imposed deadline announced just over two weeks ago.

The interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the process of drawing up a new constitution is still moving ahead on schedule.

And he says momentum in the drive to write the new constitution has not slowed.

Three years ago, his regime abolished the 1997 constitution and sacked the judiciary after the court of appeal ruled that his post-coup interim government was illegal.