PM On Fiji 2013 Constitution: Proposals Weren’t ‘Good Enough’

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Exclusions were based on quality and not politics

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 27, 2014) – Proposals for the 2013 Constitution that weren’t included were not good enough, says FijiFirst Party leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Bainimarama made these comments yesterday as he explained to the crowd that gathered at Ratu Sukuna Park why proposals were not included in the 2013.

"A lot of Political parties are harping about the new constitution because their proposals were not included.

"I want to tell you that we listened to them but it wasn’t used because their proposals were not good enough to take Fiji forward," Bainimarama said.

He said he believes that the 1990 and 1997 constitution did not give the people a chance to put in proposals.

"I don’t think we were asked to put in proposals in the 1990 and 1997 constitution but we asked you in the 2013 constitution."

"The constitution that we have now is to cater for everyone and we have even provided Braille constitutions too, that’s the Fiji we want," Bainimarama said.

He said the old Fiji was one that brought the events of 1987 and 2000, which wer the darkest days in Fiji.

"We have put in place policies to get rid of those days, and if we change the constitution we will be going back and coups will continues," he said.

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