Fiji regime dumps plans for Constituent Assembly, releases new draft

Posted at 07:42 on 21 March, 2013 UTC

The Fiji prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has reneged on his commitment to appoint a Constituent Assembly to debate the draft constitution paving the way elections next year.

In a televised address, he announced there would be no Assembly but instead the new draft would be released immediately to allow the public to give feedback until April the 5th.

He says the new document, which will come into force a week later, provides for a 45-member unicameral parliament to be elected for a four-year term.

Commodore Bainimarama also says the new constitution will allow for amendments by referendum.

By decree the Constituent Assembly was to sit at the beginning of January, but he failed to appoint one.

A week later, the regime asked the political parties to re-register.

While none of them has been approved, Commodore Bainimarama now blames them for scrapping the Assembly.

“Unfortunately this modification has been forced upon us by the lack of commitment by the political parties to register under the requirements of the law. There are allegations of fraud and impersonation. This does not provide a conducive climate to hold a Constituent Assembly.”

Commodore Bainimarama says feedback on the new draft can be sent to an address which will be announced in the next few days.

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  1. “I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by my promise to the nation and the people of Fiji that I will hold general elections under a more democratic process, than ever before by 2014 - Hon.VOREQE BAINIMARAMA says:

    I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by my promise to the nation and the people of Fiji that I will hold general elections under a more democratic process, than ever before by 2014

  2. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by my promise to the nation and the people of Fiji that I will hold general elections under a more democratic process, than ever before by 2014. I have removed all democratic practices from the process and have broken every other promise I made since December 2006 but this is all part of having a free and fair election. NZ and Australia’s foreign ministers also agree with this approach. They even gave over a million and a half dollars towards it.

    Therefore, it is good business for me to continue to lie to the people of Fiji and take away their freedoms while I have the support of Bob Carr and Murray McCully. The people of Fiji are too stupid to understand what I am doing to them, their land and children’s future.

    My soldiers are also good at taking orders and this keeps me and my senior officers in power and rich
    Myass kuntyum is my personal bitch and his key role is to keep me out of prison and milking Fiji of its resources

    I am the only commander in the history of the RFMF to abandon his men and run away to save himself.
    I am also the first Fiji commander to take a shit twice, with my pants on.
    I also hold the world record for the casava-patch dash – it was a great laxative
    I keep fit by bashing my wife and innocent unarmed women
    I also killed an unborn child, which is my contribution to birth control
    I illegally removed my commander in chief and president, threatened the PM and challenged senior civil servants to a fist fight
    I didnt go pass 4th form secondary education or get more that 20% in mathematics but I am now the illegal minister of finance.
    Because of my arrogance and lack of education Fiji is at the lowest and worst place it has ever been with high unemployment, almost zero investments, a poor economy and a devalued fiji dollar.

    The list of my failings go on and on……… and soon the fijian people will become and irrelevant minority in their own land just like the american indians, NZ maoris and Australian abo.

    But remember, if I dont get elected than I will just stage another coup…and I can do this without ben naliva and roukura having to stop massaging and sucking on my scrotums.

    The Horrible Low-down Bakola VOREQE BAINIMARAMA

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