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Bainimarama briefs Ban Ki-Moon on State plans

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, January 17, 2013

UNITED Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for Fiji to have a legitimate government and adopt a proper constitution as soon as possible.

He made these sentiments known to Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during a briefing to discuss Fiji's progress toward full democracy.

A government statement released by the Ministry of Information said the Prime Minister had briefed the Secretary-General on his government's roadmap to return Fiji to full democracy, including the drafting of a new constitution and the plans for nation-wide elections in 2014.

In his New Year's message, Commodore Bainimarama had outlined that 2013 would be the year Fiji would set the scene for one of the most momentous events in the country's history - the 2014 elections under a new constitution.

"We should have a new, modern constitution by the end of the first quarter of 2013," he had said.

The Prime Minister said by the end of last year, about half a million Fijians had registered by electronic means to cast their votes in 2014.

"As 2013 begins, that process continues as we reach out to register Fijians living abroad."

In a statement posted by the United Nations yesterday, spokesman Martin Nesirky said the Secretary-General emphasised the need for Fiji to restore legitimate government and constitutional order as soon as possible.

"He reiterated his expectation that the process leading to the adoption of a new constitution in Fiji will be transparent, participatory and democratic, in line with internationally recognised principles," the UN statement said.

* Bainimarama addresses G77


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