11 Apr 2009

Cancellation of constitution draw criticism

5:14 am on 11 April 2009

A decision by Fiji's president to abrogate the 1997 constitution has been condemned by Fijians in New Zealand.

The President's announcement followed a ruling on Thursday by the Court of Appeal that Fiji's interim government was unlawful.

Abdul Satar of the Fiji Club of New Zealand says the revocation of all judicial appointments by President Josefa Iloilo is ill-advised.

Mr Satar says the country must have an election within a year - not in 2014 as the President suggested.

The former chief executive of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation says the decision shows former interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama is in control behind the scenes.

Commodore Bainimarama overthrew the elected government in December 2006. It was the fourth coup in Fiji since 1987.