9 Mar 2007

Fiji academic suggests referendum on support for interim administration

10:28 am on 9 March 2007

A leading Fiji academic has suggested a referendum as a way forward for the current interim administration led by the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

The director of development studies at the University of the South Pacific, Professor Vijay Naidu, has made the suggestion on Fiji TV.

While there is no provision for a referendum in Fiji's 1997 Constitution, Professor Naidu says such a provision could be negotiated through dialogue.

He says the interim administration could draft legislation which allows for a referendum.

A referendum could test popular support for the interim administration which has been criticized for not having an elected mandate.