21 Sep 2009

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs complex to open Friday

7:47 pm on 21 September 2009

A multi-million dollar meeting house of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is to be opened this Friday, four years after construction began.

This comes despite the military led regime having disbanded the Council soon after it took power in a coup nearly three years ago.

The body is now being re-constituted under new rules laid down by the interim Government.

Fiji Live reports that the former President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, is expected to be confirmed by the Government as guest of honour for the opening.

Before the construction project began, the GCC had hoped a member of the British Royal Family would open the complex, because of the close ties between the monarchy and Fiji's chiefs.

But this will not happen given the suspension of international links with the regime.