17 Apr 2013

Fiji people urged to act to avoid dictatorship

4:33 am on 17 April 2013

A former prime minister of Fiji, Mahendra Chaudhry, has called on the country's people to act if they don't want to live under a dictatorship.

He was among members of the United Front For a Democratic Fiji, launching a petition calling for the return of the Ghai draft constitution.

Sally Round reports from the Front's meeting in Sigatoka.

"Politicians at the meeting told local villagers the regime's draft is not worth the paper it is written on. They described the regime's consultation as a farce. Mr Chaudhry says Fiji is being held to ransom by two men who treat the country like their own personal property. The politicians urged the people to send a message to the regime by signing a petition, which calls for the Ghai draft to be brought back and put to the people via debate and a referendum."