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Public seminar on transition

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

THE Constitution Commission will host a seminar on democratic transitions, in conjunction with the Fiji National University at the Nasinu campus tonight.

According to the commission, international experts will share views and draw on comparative experiences from around the world on transitions to a democratic rule.

Key speakers at the seminar "Democratic Transition: Comparative Experience" will be:

* Dan Slater: a professor of political science at University of Chicago, who has written widely on democratisation and state-building.

lLieutenant General (Retired) Agus Widjojo who is the former chief of territorial affairs for the Indonesian national armed forces and current executive director of the National Institute for Democratic Affairs. He was a leading participant in liberalisations leading to the reform of the Indonesian armed forces in the post-Soeharto period and the transition to democracy (1998-2004),

lRaijeli Nicole: who has extensive experience in policy, lobbying and advocacy, working with NGOs, unions, employer groups and governments at the UN level.

Commission media officer Mithleshni Gurdayal said the seminar was the first of the public forum series hosted by the commission on constitutional issues. The seminar will be at the FNU lecture theatre from 6pm to 8pm.