12 Mar 2012

Former regime insider says Bainimarama championed '97 constitution

4:38 pm on 12 March 2012

The former high ranking Fiji military officer Ratu Tevita Mara says regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama should have no problem with the country's 1997 constitution because he championed the document after the 2006 coup.

Fiji's interim government has announced details of the plan towards a new constitution after dumping the 1997 one three years ago after the High Court ruled the coup illegal.

Ratu Tevita, who was a former insider with the regime, has again questioned the leader's motives.

"From my knowledge and being with the Military Council in 2006, he was opposed to anyone who wanted to abrogate the constitution and you should put that question to him. Why the change now?"

Ratu Tevita Mara has also alleged cronyism and a lack of independence in the make-up of the Constitution Commission which is to oversee the process towards the new constitution.