FIJI PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS ACTIONS TO ACP MINISTERS

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Claims abrogation of constitution ‘necessary’

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, May 29, 2009) – Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama gave the ACP Council of Ministers an update on the country’s situation at the 89th council meeting in Brussels this week.

In the update he explained the necessity of the President’s action in abrogating the 1997 Constitution following the Court of Appeal ruling on April 9.

Commodore Bainimarama highlighted that the abrogation of the Constitution by the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo was considered necessary in the difficult legal situation Fiji was faced with on 10th April.

"The abrogation of the Constitution by the President was considered necessary in the difficult legal situation Fiji was faced with on 9th April and it had allowed the President through the previous Interim Government to continue with the reforms that he had embarked on and which was supported by a majority of Fiji’s population [in a nationwide consultation in 2008] and was encapsulated as a credible way forward in the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress," he told council members.

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