THE 2013 Constitution embodies everything the government envisaged when it set out six and a half years ago to put Fiji on a path towards true democracy and tackle the corruption that was impeding development.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the comment at the opening of the 13th ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar at the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa on Monday.
"For the very first time socio-economic rights, such as right to economic participation, right to health and education, right to a just minimum wage, transport, housing, food and water and social security, are guaranteed by the supreme law of the land," he said.
"It is the Constitution that will finally put us in the ranks of the world's most liberal democracies.
"And it will provide a sound basis for lasting political stability and a platform on which to build a stronger and more resilient economy."
Meanwhile, an Information Ministry statement said villagers of Nabalebale on Viwa Island in Yasawa welcomed the new Constitution, saying its translation in the iTaukei language will allow them to learn about their individual rights.
In the statement, Nabalebale Village headman Sakaraia Batiuvi commended the government for translating the Constitution into three languages.
"This is the first time for us to be given copies of the Constitution and given the opportunity to read it and understand it. The iTaukei version will really assist the elderly in the village since most prefer the translated one," Mr Batiuvi said.