18 Oct 2007

Bainimarama says election date in 2009 is a workable goal

7:01 am on 18 October 2007

The interim prime minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says an election date in the first quarter of 2009 is a workable goal for his country.

The Commodore has promised leaders at this year's Pacific Island Forum meeting in Tonga that Fiji will go to the polls.

He says before then Fiji will establish a people's charter, which he hopes will help end racial discrimination and corruption.

"Those are the issues that would have been the cost of coup culture in Fiji in 87 and 2000. So we need to get rid of the problem that we have had early on before we can move forward."

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainamarama.