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New draft solid

Nasik Swami
Thursday, January 17, 2013

FIJI'S new draft constitution which is being amended by the government's legal team is one that will be enduring and not need amendments within three, five or 10 years.

Confirming this on Wednesday this week, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the draft constitution would be something that was appropriate for Fiji's future.

"The government legal team is working on the draft constitution.

"It will be ready in time for the deadline that was set by Prime Minister.

"It needs to be ready before the Constituent Assembly sits and that will be in February," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the government's position was that it needed to put in place a constitution that was drafted based on the principles highlighted by the President and that was what the legal team was working towards.

"We will put a constitution that enshrines those values and principles as the president said that it's not the time for political point scoring whether internally internationally, or regionally," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said it was essential to focus on the job of ensuring that Fiji had the fundamental principles of democracy enshrined in the constitution.

"I think it is also critical to ensure we have a smooth transition to parliamentary democracy."

"The process in Fiji is lot bigger than any individual.

"We are focused on putting up a new draft; there is a lot of work to do to elections," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.


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