17 Jan 2014

No response yet from Fiji government on live TV debates

5:00 pm on 17 January 2014

The Ministry of Information in Fiji has declined to comment yet on whether the prime minister Frank Bainimarama will accept an invitation to national debates on TV and radio by an opposition group.

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji recently invited members of the government to live debates, saying

it would be a good way for the regime to demonstrate its sincerity about the elections promised for September.

The group says citizens need to be able to listen to what candidates stand for, including Commodore Bainimarama, who is expected to form a political party soon, and how they plan on making life better for Fijians.

The head of the Media Industry Development Authority, Matai Akauola, recently said televised debates between political parties would be a good idea.