26 Aug 2013

Rabuka gives new Fiji constitution nod of approval

7:07 pm on 26 August 2013

Fiji's former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the new constitution is a satisfactory document that can take Fiji back to parliamentary democracy.

Fiji's government last week released its constitution after months of delays.

It provides protections for indigenous land rights and has revamped Fiji's electoral system.

However the integrity of the public consultation process has come under fire from civil society.

But Sitiveni Rabuka says the document gives Fiji the right foundation to move forward from the last coup, even though he believes the 1997 constitution was not properly abrogated by the current regime.

"The Supreme Court, or the High Court, ruled that it was not properly abrogated. But in the absense of a proper determination of whether the 1997 constitution is still in force or not, this one is a workable document to take Fiji back to parliamentary democracy."

Sitiveni Rabuka