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PM sends out invite

Timoci Vula
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

THE government is expected to announce membership of the Constituent Assembly soon.

And Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said he was sending invitations to individuals and organisations to be members of the Assembly over the next few weeks.

In a government statement issued last night, Commodore Bainimarama said the last invitations would go out after February 14 — the deadline for parties to register under the new Political Parties Decree.

"Those parties that register under the decree will be invited to the Constituent Assembly," the government statement read.

The statement said the Constituent Assembly had a duty to review and approve the draft constitution as required under the decree.

The decree requires that the assembly be diverse, and in addition to political parties, be composed of members from faith-based organisations, trade unions, employers, business community, government, rural and agricultural communities, the RFMF, national organisations, women, youth, people with disability, pensioners, and Fijian-registered civil society groups.