BAINIMARAMA: FIJI ELECTIONS STILL ON FOR 2014

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Clarification follows earlier comments

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 4, 2010) – Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has made it clear Fiji will still have elections in 2014.

The clarification follows Bainimarama’s comments in the local media that during his recent tour of Fiji’s rural areas, villagers said they wanted the 2014 elections delayed as they were happy with the progress the country was making.

Bainimarama told FijiLive he said this in light of comments made by the Foreign Ministers of Australia and New Zealand that the situation in Fiji was worsening.

"How can the situation in Fiji be worsening when the people in the rural areas actually want a delay in elections?" he said.

Bainimarama maintains the invitation to the Forum leaders during the Ministerial Contact Group meeting in Auckland, New Zealand this week no longer stands because of the critical outlook the two neighbouring countries continued to maintain on the Fiji situation.

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