22 Jan 2013

Fiji's regime says mainstream faith-based groups invited to join CA

6:25 am on 22 January 2013

The Fiji interim government says mainstream faith-based organisations including Christians, Catholics and Methodists will be invited to join the Constituent Assembly to approve the constitution.

The regime is processing applications for the Constituent Assembly and reviewing eligible candidates with the aim of announcing members by early next month.

Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua says it will invite parties that have successfully registered under its new political party decree as well as faith-based groups.

"We have not decided on anyone but I think we will invite the Catholics, we'll invite the Methodists, you know the major one, assemblies of God, and other members of the Fiji conference of churches and the assemblies of Christian churches. Those are the main ones. So invitations will be extended to them too."

Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua says the regime is considering the application of the Federation of Fijian Women as well as those of civil society organisations.