30 Apr 2013

Commonwealth calls on Fiji to remove military from government

1:02 pm on 30 April 2013

The Commonwealth has called on the Fiji government to ensure that the steps now undertaken toward restoring constitutional democracy are credible and inclusive.

In a statement, it says this includes the withdrawal of the military from involvement in government.

The call comes after the regime rejected recommendations that it hand over power to a caretaker administration in the lead-up to next year's planned election.

The Commonwealth also says there should be a transparent and consultative process to achieve a constitution that accords with Commonwealth and internationally-accepted standards for democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

The Group has also expressed concern about ongoing restrictions on human rights and reports of human rights abuse in Fiji.