21 Jul 2009

Fiji interim PM restates constitution will be in place for 2014 polls

1:09 pm on 21 July 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says the country will have a modern day constitution before elections in 2014, but the government's focus for the next three years will be on building the economy and infrastructure.

Fiji Live reports that Commodore Frank Bainimarama made the comments to the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development Conference in Nadi yesterday.

The interim leader says his government will work to improve socio-economic and infrastructure conditions by encouraging Fiji's private sector and the media to partner with his Government in initiatives that will be pro-growth and pro-poor.

Commodore Bainimarama also told the conference the public emergency regulations are a temporary measure, which seek to provide a stable platform for nation-building.

He says his Government believes in media freedom and the freedom of expression as fundamental principles of true democracy.

But he says his Government also strongly believes that media freedom is not absolute, and that the media must exercise it with greater responsibility.