12 Aug 2013

Fiji Labour Party wants caretaker administration before polls

4:35 am on 12 August 2013

The Fiji Labour Party has called for a caretaker government to be formed to oversee the elections promised for next year.

The call was made at the party's annual conference in Lautoka and is in line with the recommendations of the now disbanded Constitutional Commission.

It also wants to retain the 1997 constitution, which is to be replaced with a new one this month after the regime scrapped the old one four years ago.

The Labour Party has called for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union and Pacific Islands Forum to assist Fiji with its transition to democratic rule.

Labour has also proposed reinstating the Great Council of Chiefs and reviewing policies, such as the regime's pension and welfare cuts, the early retirement age and taxation.

The regime has ruled out ceding power to any interim administration and it is expected to form its own party to contest the election.