22 Sep 2015

Fiji's NFP reiterates call for national unity government

7:03 am on 22 September 2015

The leader of Fiji's National Federation Party Biman Prasad has reiterated the party's call for a government of national unity as the parliament moves into its second year.

Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's PM, Frank Bainimarama, has been urged to consider more bipartisan approaches to governing. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Dr Prasad says there is an opportunity for a rethink of how Fiji can move ahead in order to remove concerns about free and fair elections in the future.

He says contention remains around the constitution and laws like the Political Parties Decree.

"And the best way to relook at that is for the government to either set up a bipartisan committee or think about a much more inclusive approach by forming a government of national unity and using the next three years to address all those concerns that not only political parties have here but also the international community."

Dr Prasad says the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama can leave a legacy of a genuine democracy in the country if he helps try to resolve some of the contentious issues.