THREE political leaders presented their views to the Forum Ministerial Group, one of which was for Fiji to have a civilian caretaker government if the current government plans to form a political party and contest in the elections.
Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party leader and deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase, United Political Party and deposed opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, Fiji Labour Party leader and former finance minister in the Bainimarama government, Mahendra Chaudhary, issued a joint statement following their meeting.
The leaders wanted the 1997 Constitution to remain and that any amendments should discussed in an inclusive and consultative process.
They also raised the ro¡le of the military in future governance, the undemocratic manner in which the constituent assembly was to be appointed.
The trio preferred a national referendum seeking endorsement from the people for an amended or new constitution in the absence of a parliament.
They also raised their concerns on the "deteriorating" economic, social and human rights conditions in Fiji.
They said the situation on the ground was "different" from the assurances given by the government.