12 Mar 2013

Former Fiji deputy PM believes PM delaying draft constitution release

11:48 am on 12 March 2013

A former Fiji deputy prime minister Dr Tupeni Baba says the Prime Minister is using the waiting time for the announcement of successful political party registrations to delay the release of the draft constitution.

The Prime Minister says a draft constitution completed by the Attorney General's Office has been ready for the past couple of weeks.

But Commodore Frank Bainimarama says a constituent assembly to review the draft will not be formed until the registrar of political parties announces which parties, if any, have been successfully re-registered under the regime's political parties decree.

A former deputy prime minister Dr Tupeni Baba says he believes the Prime Minister won't release the draft constitution until the assembly is announced.

"A lot of things have been used, quoted as excuses to delay the draft constitution and also the naming of the assembly. The fact is they haven't done it. Either they haven't got the competency to do it or they're trying to bring about something drastically different from the other guy's report."