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People are free to practice their faith, says PM

Friday, December 06, 2013

Update: 11:22AM NO WHERE does the Constitution say religion cannot be practiced publicly, as has been suggested in some quarters, says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the opening of the 15th  Attorney General's Conference at Natadola this morning, Commodore Bainimarama said people were free to practice their faith however they wished.

"It can be practiced in public and in private," he said. 

"The Constitution is absolutely explicit about this."

A panel of religious leaders including Catholic Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Reverend James Bhagwan from the Methodist Church in Fiji, Bhuwan Dutt from the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha and Dean of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Reverend Claude Fong Toy will discuss the topic Religion in a Secular State this afternoon.