1 May 2015

Fiji flag design competition ends

7:04 am on 1 May 2015

The Fiji government's competition for a new flag design ends today.

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Photo: AFP

The move to change the flag was announced by the prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, earlier this year when he said Fiji would remove the Union Jack and replace it with a design that symbolises the Pacific nation, not former colonial power Britain.

The parliamentary opposition says the process has been undemocratic.

It said a flag change should have first been brought up in parliament, followed by community consultation and a national referendum.

Mr Bainimarama has told FBC News that the government already has a chairperson for the committee vetting the designs.

He has said he wants the new flag hoisted on the 45th anniversary of independence in October.