22 Apr 2013

Former Fiji politician critical of regime's entrenchment through its draft constitution

3:29 pm on 22 April 2013

A former leading member of Fiji's National Federation Party says he has chosen to step away from politics due to discontent at political developments taking place in the country.

Navua's Bimal Prasad pinpointed the process around the creation of Fiji's new constitution as well as the new rules on political party registration as the main areas of frustration.

Mr Prasad, who says he is pursuing his university studies and other work while temporarily staying out of politics, but says he feels there was nothing wrong with the Ghai draft constitution that Fiji's regime rejected at the start of the year.

"Most of the draft that has been put forward by the regime, it makes good sense but I am just concerned about the caveats that are a test there, and also the proivisions that contain entrenchment of the regime, particularly with regard to the immunity clauses."

Bimal Prasad was among the delegates at the Pacific Parliamentarians Forum in Wellington.