FIJI CONSTITUTION GROUP TO MEET OVER COURT RULING

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 18, 2001 Fiji's Daily Post/FijiLive/PINA Nius Online)---Members of Fiji's Constitution Review Commission will meet soon to discuss its stand following a High Court order stopping it from conducting further meetings in relation to the amendment of the 1997 Constitution.

The ruling was made by Justice Anthony Gates following an application filed by deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and the Fiji Labour Party.

This is the second time the commission has been stopped from conducting meetings following an application from the Fiji Labour Party, which led the government deposed in last year's coup.

Justice Gates said it was obvious Cabinet's advice to the President to appoint a Constitutional Review Commission was outside the lawful ambit of a caretaker government.

He said the authorization for the expenditure of public funds for such reform work was similarly outside the permitted scope of work of a caretaker Cabinet.

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