Frank Bainimarama tried to fool Fiji and the world when he delivered his strategic framework for change national address today.
His claim that work on a new Constitution will start in September 2012 reveals that the regime will not relinquish power in September 2014 as he claimed today.
We draw your attention to his interview with Australian journalist Graham Davies in early May.
During the interview Bainimarama said he had the shortest time of five years to carry out economic and constitutional reforms and this was a very hard task.
If five years is a short time, then Bainimarama’s announcement of work on a new Constitution starting in September 2012 – 2 years from the projected elections in September 2014 is nonsensical.
Coupfourpointfive believes it is basically to pull wool over people's eyes.
Two days ago, when we reported about the announcement of a road map, we stated that the regime had not only violated its commitments to the international community to hold elections by March 2009, but also its own timetable for elections to be held in 2010.
In February 2007, two months before the regime gave its commitment of a Mach 2009 election to the EU and later to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, Bainimarama through an interim Cabinet statement said they had adopted a road map for return to parliamentary democracy.
He said under the road map, Fiji would be ready for a general election and full restoration of parliamentary democracy as early as 2010.
At that time he stated that sustained economic growth, sugar industry restructure, land use planning, revival of tourist sector and improvement of the precarious state of national finances would have to be completed before elections.
In his address today, Bainimarama, while stating that work on a new Constitution would start in September 2012, said economic revival and strengthening, sugar industry restructure, improving living conditions and wages, improving infrastructure or in other words socio-economic conditions – were prerequisites to the start of work on a new Constitution.
This confirms that elections are the last thing on the mind's of Bainimarama's, the military council and the coup leader’s closest ally and adviser, interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Watch this space for more analysis throughout the week.