8 May 2012

No Fiji military party in 2014 poll, says Tikoitoga

6:57 pm on 8 May 2012

The head of Fiji's land forces says there will be no military political party in the elections in 2014.

During the visit of Pacific Island Forum ministers to Fiji last week, there was speculation about a political party formed from members of the current military regime.

The Military commander and interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has said he is considering standing in 2014, adding that should he line up, he expected to win.

The Land Forces Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitonga says he has no idea where the idea of a political party came from.

"We don't intend to run a political party. We've never had a military political party, and neither do we want to go into a military political party in the future. I'm not sure where that concern emanated from. But certainly we are not going that way."

Colonel Mosese Tikoitonga says the future role of the military will be defined in the ongoing constitutional process.