18 Nov 2016

Fiji opposition wants decree repealed

From , 6:05 am on 18 November 2016

Fiji's opposition Sodelpa party wants a controversial decree repealed because it places the country in a constant state of emergency.

Sodelpa leader Sitiveni Rabuka says the Public Order Act was enacted in 1969 on the eve of Fiji's independence to avoid unrest.

Mr Rabuka says the 2012 Public Order Amendment Decree then inserted emergency laws into the act which are not needed now.

He told Koro Vaka'uta the provisions conflict with the freedom of assembly and have meant people require permits for the most routine of meetings.

Fiji SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka

Fiji SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka Photo: AFP