28 Dec 2012

Fiji military reiterates push for smaller parliament

12:55 pm on 28 December 2012

The Fiji military says it is adamant that the parliament to be elected in 2014 has no more than 46 seats.

The Land Force commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, made the comment to the Fiji Sun a week after a draft constitution was presented to the President.

The parliament, which the military shut down as part of its 2006 coup, was bicameral and had a 71-member House of Representatives.

The draft constitution proposes that a unicameral legislature be established with again 71 seats.

Col Tikoitoga says the military is firm on its stance in the submission that the size of parliement be reduced.

The draft document, which has not been released officially, will go to a Constituent Assembly.