29 Jul 2009

Fiji's Chief Justice to appoint new president says Bainimarama

5:49 am on 29 July 2009

Fiji's interim prime minister has announced that the appointment of a new president will be made by the Chief Justice, rather than the Great Council of Chiefs.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama told a press conference yesterday that the country's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, will retire at the end of next month.

Our correspondent, Matelita Ragogo reports.

"Cabinet will forward a name to the chief justice, Anthony Gates, who was also appointed by the regime, he will then make a nomination for the new president. In the meantime, the recently appointed vice president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, will act as president until a new appointment has been made. This is not normal, because the president and the vice president are usually appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs; so this is not what would have happened in normal times."

Matelita Ragogo.