Nationwide Competition For New Fiji Flag

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Follows PM claims that old flag represented British colonial power

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 2, 2015) – A nationwide competition to design a new flag for Fiji begins today.

Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, says the competition will end on the first of May, when a national committee of citizens will sift through the entries to make a final selection.

That committee will be chaired by the assistant minister for youth and sports Iliesa Delana, with other members -- including two from the opposition -- yet to be announced.

The committee will then make a final selection for public consultation, before a final selection is decided by Cabinet which will submit to Parliament for a final consideration when it sits in July.

Mr Bainimarama announced the flag change last month, saying the current Union Jack and Coat of Arms beneath it doesn't represent Fiji, but rather former colonial power Britain.

But the Opposition says the change is undemocratic, and a petition has been circulated to try and prevent the change.

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