11 Apr 2012

Fiji chooses South African expert for constitutional commission

2:10 pm on 11 April 2012

The Fiji interim government has announced the second international member of the five-member constitutional commission.

It has appointed a South African human rights and constitutional expert Professor Christina Murray, who is currently at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington DC.

She most recently served as a member of the Kenyan Committee of Experts appointed by the Kenyan Parliament to draft a new constitution and had earlier been involved in advising the South African Constitutional Assembly on the drafting of South Africa's constitution.

The chairman of the Fiji constitutional commission is constitutional scholar Professor Yash Ghai, who was also involved in the drafting of the Kenyan constitution.

Earlier, Fiji's first female deputy prime minister, Taufa Vakatale, and a former MP, Dr. Satendra Nandan, were named to the commission.

The interim government says it will name the final commission member, another Fijian, shortly.

The regime abolished the constitution in 2009 after the appeal court ruled that the interim government was illegal.