27 Apr 2009

PCRC uneasy about new Fiji election delay

6:46 am on 27 April 2009

Reservations have been expressed over whether Fiji's interim regime will push ahead and hold the planned President's dialogue forum.

The Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has said the last political forum decided they were now ready for the President's Dialogue, but that some change might be need because of the recent developments, including the abrogation of the constitution.

But the Director of Fiji's Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, Tupou Vere, says with elections now up to five years away, there is not the same need for the regime to be involved in multi party discussions.

"They are calling the shots so it's hard to understand why they would want to go into dialogue with other interest groups and because they are now deciding what is taking place in this country."

Ms Vere has expressed concern over whether Fiji will be able to sustain itself until 2014 if elections aren't held before then and the economic pressures continue.