THE President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau last night thanked the people of Fiji for the faith they have in their leaders.
"I confirm today (yesterday) — as you have already been reliably informed — that Fiji's draft Constitution is now in my possession," he said.
"This is the document that contains our collective aspirations and hopes for a new Fiji. A modern and progressive Fiji that is devoid of all forms of discrimination.
"I have already begun my reading of this important document — a pleasant task which will occupy me intimately during this festive season. And I do so with the trust that it will bring all of us glad tidings."
Ratu Epeli said this in his Christmas message to the nation last night. He thanked all those who participated in the Constitution-making process especially those who made submissions.
"Your contributions were important in the formation of a Constitution that is inclusive and that will greatly assist towards building a better Fiji," he said.
"The draft Constitution will be given to the Constituent Assembly which will comprise of representatives from a wide cross section of our society.
"I take this occasion to again encourage relevant organisations and individuals to apply to be considered, as members of the Constituent Assembly and to play an active role in laying the foundation for a prosperous future for our country and our children," said Ratu Epeli.
In his Christmas message last night, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said Christ's teachings of love, compassion and tolerance were relevant to every Fijian.
"They are shared by the other great religions in Fiji and should be at the centre of all our lives," he said.
"As your Prime Minister, I ask that we reflect on them — along with the values we all share and that bind our beloved country together— as we come together as families and friends to celebrate this special day.
"Last week, those values helped us to withstand the onslaught of Cyclone Evan. We came together as a nation and again showed the world our unique Fijian Spirit.
"We especially thank God that he spared every one of us to celebrate this very special day," said Commodore Bainimarama.