29 Oct 2012

Major Fiji political parties petition President over constitutional process

11:54 am on 29 October 2012

A coalition of Fiji political parties and trade unions has petitioned the President to put a caretaker government in place in the lead up to the 2014 elections.

The petition accuses the Government of handpicking representatives of the Constituent Assembly, which is due to be formed in December and will advise on the new constitution.

The petition says the entire nation is being held to ransom by a small group of individuals who have usurped lawful authority for their own benefit.

The leader of the United People's Party Mick Beddoes says it is significant that four political parties, two councils of trade unions and three paramount chiefs are calling for the interim Government to step back from power to ensure a true democratic process.

"It is now a public declaration that the group is no longer just some isolated political parties. It is a growing number of organisations and there is a concern about the need for us to ensure that the election in 2014 is free and fair."