8 Jun 2012

Fiji military scolds women's groups over army remarks

1:39 pm on 8 June 2012

The Fiji military says women's groups should not try to hijack all the work the military has done since the 2006 coup.

This follows comments by Women's groups that the security agencies should not be involved in the electoral and constitutional process as it may have an unintended negative impact.

The Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, has told Fijivillage that no one can tell the security forces, especially the military, to stay away from this process as this was started by the military.

Col Tikoitoga has also questioned who is creating the general perception that the military is making threats and creating fear.

A new constitution is being drawn up after the regime abolished the 1997 document three years ago when the appeal court ruled that the interim government was illegal.

The Fiji military staged four coups in 19 years.

The country is drawing up its third constitution since the first military coup and it should be ready for elections promised in 2014.