7 Mar 2012

Fiji constitution consultation details to be announced on Friday

4:13 pm on 7 March 2012

Fiji's information ministry says action on a new constitution will be announced on Friday as part of measures ahead of elections promised for 2014.

Last week, the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, gave a new time line after the regime missed its own deadline for the process of public consultations to draw up a new constitution.

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.

Last weekend, Commodore Bainimarama said he was considering standing in the 2014 polls, adding that should he line up, he expected to win.

He didn't say if such a move meant that he would set up a new political party to contest the polls.

After seizing power in the 2006 coup, he ruled out any government role for the military, and ministers joining the interim regime were asked to swear an oath that they would not stand in elections.