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President praises Bainimarama's government

Friday, April 10, 2009

Update: 1:41PM COMMODORE Voreqe Bainimarama's interim government, which stepped down yesterday four hours after the Fiji Court of Appeal's ruling was delivered, received a pat on the back from the President for performing "extremely well".

Before abrogating the Constitution, President Ratu Josefa Iloilo praised Bainimarama's administration for their work over the last two years.

"(Bainimarama's interim government) has brought about reforms. It has created opportunities for new ideas. It has adhered to my mandate," he said.

"It has had a positive impact on the lives of our people, in particular the ordinary citizens of our country, including those in the rural areas."

He further added that, according to his observations, "Fiji has, since 5 January 2007, moved at a very rapid pace by way of new institutions, ideas and changes in the different economic sectors".

The President abrogated the 1997 Constitution following consultation with Commodore Bainimarama.

"With all of this background and following consultations with the Commander of the RFMF, I have decided that we must once and for all and in a decisive manner, map out a smooth path to holding parliamentary elections based on the electoral reforms and other reforms as set out under the Charter," he said, just before declaring the abrogation of the Constitution.

* Click on this link for the President's full address.