29 Jul 2009

Fiji's interim PM says cabinet will advise on new President

3:21 pm on 29 July 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says the interim government will use its own criteria to appoint the next President.

Yesterday Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced that the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo will retire at the end of next month and the Vice President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, a former military commander, will be acting in the position until a new president is appointed.

Under the 1997 constitution, which Ratu Josefa declared abrogated in April, the Great Council of Chiefs chose Fiji's president.

But Commodore Bainimarama told Radio Tarana the constitution no longer applies.

"Forget what happened on the last constitution, there is now a decree that the Chief Justice will appoint it on the advice of the cabinet. It'll be the cabinet who will decide who will be the president and the Chief Justice will then appoint the president."