29 Apr 2008

Fiji's interim administration fails to convene a political forum

10:22 am on 29 April 2008

Fiji's interim administration has failed in its attempt to convene a political forum by the end of this month, through the Office of the President.

The fact that a major political party had not been approached at all is fuelling speculations that the President's Office may have opted not to get involved.

The Secretary in the Office of the President Rupeni Nacewa has confirmed nothing happens now until Commodore Bainimarama returns from Dubai this weekend.

He confirmed on Monday night that communication has been made to the office of the interim prime minister.

He would not discuss what exactly had been communicated.

The forum was suggested by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, which is developing a roadmap forward for Fiji.

It was to discuss proposed constitutional amendments that require two thirds of Parliament's approval.

The Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister Parmesh Chand referred all questions to the acting interim prime minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The ousted SDL party confirmed it was not approached at all.

Ratu Epeli said only Commodore Bainimarama was privy to the "communication" as a co-chair of the Council.