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Bainimarama vows army will abide by results of 2009 election

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Update: 4.15pm PACIFIC Forum leaders today endorsed the findings in the Eminent Persons Group Report for an election in 2009 as an appropriate way forward to the restoration of constitutional and democratic government in Fiji.

Chair of the 38th Pacific Islands Leaders Forum and Tonga Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele said they welcomed the undertaking by Fiji's interim Government for a parliamentary election to be held in the first quarter of 2009.

Commodore Bainimarama stated to the Forum leaders that he and the Army would accept the outcome of the 2009 general election.

"The leaders call on the Fiji Interim Government now to work with the Forum-Joint Working Group to produce a credible roadmap to the election according to the Constitution and law of Fiji, and urges the regime to accord the highest priority to this task," Dr Sevele said.

"The leaders noted that the Interim Government was pursuing an initiative to produce a Peoples Charter," said Dr Sevele.

"They also expressed appreciation for the support that members of the international community accorded to the Forums actions in addressing the pathway to election by the first quarter of 2009," he said.

The leaders in their meeting in Tonga today commended the work by the Fiji/Forum Joint Working Group towards advancing the pathway to elections.

Dr Sevele said there would be a meeting of the Forum Foreign Ministers in January next year to review the progress towards an election in the first quarter of 2009.