9 Jul 2013

Fiji hints at further delay of constitution release

3:01 pm on 9 July 2013

Fiji has again hinted at a further delay of its constitution, saying it will depend on when the translations of the text are done.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the constitution will put in place a code of conduct and an office of accountability and transparency.

The new constitution is to replace the 1997 document, which the regime dumped four years ago.

The new constitution was to be in place in March but Mr Sayed-Khaiyum now says it could be ready next month.

"We hope to have that done fairly soon; we have targetted the month of August. But as you may have seen we have also taken the approach that we need to translate the draft constitution into the vernaculars after taking into account some of the submissions we've received. So that will be distributed to the population in he vernacular also before the presidet assents to it."

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.