PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed he will resign as military commander before he forms a new political party to contest the 2014 General Election.
Speaking in the iTaukei language to the members of the Serua Provincial Council in Navua yesterday, Commodore Bainimarama said age was catching up and resigning from the military's top post was being considered.
He said the commander's role would be given to someone else who would carry on the work of leading the military.
He added he would then be free to focus on the set-up of his own political party for the next election scheduled for September.
Commodore Bainimarama indicated he would lead the new party, saying he was looking for people from different ethnic backgrounds who were hardworking, broad and vision-minded.
He said he was yet to identify anyone to join his party.
However, he added that a lot of people had shown interest.
He said he wanted to choose the right people who would sit in Cabinet.
Commodore Bainimarama said that meant he did not want people to just make up the numbers.
He said at present, his government was focused on development projects at provincial levels.
He said he wanted to see those projects completed.
After this, he said he would then sit down with those who had shown interest in joining his party and map out his party's plans.