22 May 2007

Fiji's Chaudhry says election will be held in June 2010

8:26 am on 22 May 2007

Fiji's interim finance minister Mahendra Chaudhry has told the Indian media that Fiji's general elections will be held in June 2010.

According to a report on the Fiji Times Online he said while there was pressure from the international community to hold elections within 18 to 24 months, lengthy electoral procedures had to be completed before the elections could be held.

His statement appears in defiance of Fiji's commitment to the European Union to hold elections within 18 to 24 months.

The EU, in its consultations with Fiji on its return to parliamentary rule, had insisted general elections be held in March 2009.

Last week, a senior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Mara, told a member of the SDL Party, which won the election a year ago, that it would never return to power.