16 Apr 2013

Fiji regime says Ghai draft had multiple flaws

9:24 am on 16 April 2013

The Fiji regime says the draft constitution, written by the Yash Ghai led Constitution Commission, did not capture the views of the majority of people in Fiji.

The Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says most people in Fiji are concerned about socio-economic issues.

He was responding to questioners at government-run sessions in Fiji's west, who wanted to know why the earlier document was dumped.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Ghai draft also opened the door for people to challenge decrees and create chaos and it undermined immunity provisions.

"It is said that you can only get immunity if everybody that's been involved, including Ratu Epeli Nailatikau who is the President, all go and swear in oath that what I did was wrong, they would not have agreed to that."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the regime's document incorporates the best of the Ghai draft and the 1997 constitution and some new elements.