Amid delays, Fiji regime undermines people's confidence, says CCF

Updated at 4:11 pm on 1 February 2013

The head of Fiji NGO the Citizens Constitutional Forum says the interim government is undermining the democratic process in the way it is handling the writing of a new constitution.

The regime was expected to present its new draft constitution by yesterday after dismissing the one prepared by its Constitution Commission last month.

The executive director of the CCF, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says the people are starting to lose confidence.

"Any enduring document must have the support and the ownership of the people if it is to ensure sustainable constitutional democracy. But all those fine words, they're not anymore, because they have intervened to significantly undermine people's confidence in the process."

Akuila Yabaki says the CCF will support any document that is eventually produced as long as it supports good constitutional principles and reflects what the people of Fiji want.

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