21 Jul 2008

Fiji Law Society calls for new leaders to emerge

6:43 pm on 21 July 2008

The Fiji Law Society says the country needs new leaders to contest the next general election.

The next election was originally planned for March next year, but the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, said that's unachievable, because electoral reforms he wants cannot be implemented in time.

The society's president, Isireli Fa, says the interim and ousted governments are carrying a lot of baggage from the colonial period.

Mr Fa says both groups should refrain from contesting the next election.

"What we should see is new leaders from within the party who could carry the party forward into policies and thinking that's in line with a multi-racial government and a multi-racial constitution, as opposed to leaders who still hang on to nationalistic principles."

Isireli Fa says any electoral reforms should only be implemented by an elected Parliament.