Fiji Government Plans To Alter Constitution Draft Called ‘Coup 5’

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United People’s Party leader decries removal of people from process

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 14, 2013) – The United People’s Party says plans to effectively ‘alter’ the Ghai Draft ahead of it being debated in the Constituent Assembly were effectively ‘Coup 5’.

UPP leader Mick Beddoes said that the President’s ‘role’ in this process as contained in the Governments Decree 58 of 2012 Section 6 is quoted as ‘The President shall, upon receipt of the draft Constitution and Explanatory Report from the Commission, refer the draft and Explanatory Report to the Assembly for debate and adoption’ unquote.

"That’s it, that’s what Decree 58 says he’s to do with the draft he was handed? There are no provisions for him to do otherwise," Beddoes said in a statement.

He said he hoped that the citizens of Fiji, especially those who were ‘partially blind’ to what has been going will now see from the President and the Prime Minister have for the people through their joint ‘condemnation’ of the original draft which contains much of the hopes and aspirations of the people.

He further added that the announcement made by the President and PM was not a surprise because of the introduction of Decree 64 on October 31, 2012 which effectively removed the people from the process.

"This is where the military’s demands and other changes will find their way onto the new draft for the CA to debate."

"No doubt the emergence of a ‘Presidential system’ of governance to secure the Regime’s rule in Fiji, could even find its way on to the draft in some form," Beddoes added.

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