Face of the Day

New Zealand has responded positively to the news that emergency laws are to be lifted in Fiji.

The Government has welcomed Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s announcement that emergency laws in the country will come to an end on Saturday.

New Zealand has been calling for the public emergency regulations to be lifted since the Fijian military regime introduced them in 2009.

The regulations give the regime extended powers, restrict people’s rights to gather in public, and censor the media.

In his New Year’s speech, Commodore Bainimarama announced the regulations would come to an end on January 7 and a consultation process for a new Fijian constitution would be announced in the next few weeks.

Commodore Bainimarama said removing institutionalised discrimination and addressing corruption would be among the aims, the Fiji Times reported.

“The constitution must establish a government that is founded on an electoral system that guarantees equal suffrage – a truly democratic system based on the principle of one person, one vote, one value,” he said.


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  • Apolonia

    I wonder how Frank would react to a citizens initiated referendum where 87% voted to get rid of an undemocratic law.

    • Probably ignore it like our politicians do here.