FIJI OFFICIAL CLARIFIES: NO FIRM DATE FOR ELECTIONS

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Bainimarama made no commitments

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, January 6, 2009) – Fiji’s Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says no definite date for an election was discussed at a chiefly gathering at the army camp last month.

Ratu Peni Latianara, who attended the Bose ni Turaga, told the Fiji Times that when he asked Commodore Frank Bainimarama when the election was going to take place, he was told in twelve months.

But Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who was there for parts of the discussions, says no fixed time for an election was set out:

"Sometimes when there are various scenarios discussed, it may have been discussed within that context, but the Prime Minister did not give any such undertaking."

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