Fiji's interim Prime Minister says his country needs to become a more democratic nation.
Commodore Frank Bainimarama says Fiji leaders at all levels should emphasise national unity, racial harmony and the social and economic advancement of all communities regardless of race or ethnic origin.
Speaking at the Fiji School for the Blind's annual prizegiving ceremony, Commodore Bainimarama said his Government is committed
to rebuilding a non-racial, culturally-vibrant and united Fiji.
He says a well-governed and truly democratic Fiji would seek progress and prosperity through merit-based equality of opportunity, peace and harmony.
Commodore Bainimarama, who led a military takeover of Fiji's most recently elected government last December, has urged people to be optimistic and never lose hope in rebuilding the country as a more tolerant, peaceful and inclusive society.