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Says no discrimination in new constitution

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, June 23, 2009) – There is no room for racial discrimination in this government, says interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

And this will be drafted into the country's new constitution.

Speaking at Dawasamu, Tailevu yesterday Cdre Bainimarama said the interim government was committed to eradicating discrimination at all levels.

"I will not tolerate racial discrimination as a way of dividing people of this nation," he said.

Cdre Bainimarama said he would ensure this even if it meant drafting a new constitution for the country.

"It would mean bringing in a new constitution, so that racial discrimination a tool previously used by many politicians to win votes is eradicated,'' he said.

"It is my belief that bringing racial discrimination as part of an election is not a good idea - it will lead us to nowhere."

Cdre Bainimarama said Government would not like to see a no repetition of the 2000 event where little trust was shared by Fijians and other races and drove many people to parliament to support rebel leader George Speight for no reason.


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