29 Oct 2013

Vanuatu PM praises Fiji regime's constitution

2:53 pm on 29 October 2013

Vanuatu's prime minister, Moana Carcasses, has commended the leaders of Fiji and its Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, for what he says is a very well documented constitution.

Mr Carcasses has told the visiting Fiji president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, that Vanuatu is more than happy with last month's assenting of the new constitution.

He has offered to assist Fiji in its preparations for elections promised for next year, but details of the offers are not known.

Last week, the Fiji Information Ministry reported that the Solomon Islands governor-general, Sir Frank Kabui, also praised Fiji's new constitution as a win for Melanesians in solving their own problems.

However, Fiji's political parties have largely rejected the constitution drawn up by the regime, which dumped the draft by the Constitution Commission in January.

The new document replaces the 1997 constitution, which the regime abrogated four years ago when the appeal court declared that Commodore Bainimarama's interim government was illegal.