13 Nov 2012

Fiji's interim leader says president to stay until 2015

9:30 pm on 13 November 2012

Fiji's interim leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told Fiji media the country's president will remain in office until November 2015.

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who was appointed by the regime three years ago, was sworn in on Monday for a second term of office.

The new term takes the president beyond the date for the 2014 elections, which are yet to be defined as the country continues discussions on a new constitution.

Editor of Fiji Communications Limited, Vijay Narayan, says Commodore Bainimarama has made it clear there will be no change to the process of filling the presidential seat until after the incumbent finishes his term.

"The prime minister made it clear that we need a president like Ratu Epeli Nailatikau who he says is a people's president, a man of the people, understanding what Fiji has gone through."

Mr Narayan says people have expressed a wide range of views to the Constitution Commission on the office of president.