3 Jan 2013

Fiji regime says more than 100 apply for Constituent Assembly role

6:27 pm on 3 January 2013

The Fiji interim government says it has received more than 100 applications from people interested in becoming members of the Constituent Assembly.

FBC News says according to the permanent secretary in the prime minister's office, the applicants include members of civil society groups and politicians.

No names have been given but the regime has already singled out individuals who won't be considered.

The Assembly, whose make-up will be determined by the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is to study the recently completed draft constitution as part of a process to restore democracy.

The Assembly's work is expected to be completed by the end of March when its draft will go to a tribunal to ensure the text is within the regime's non-negotiable parameters, such as immunity for coup makers.