Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has told the Commonwealth's Special Envoy to Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves of the government’s intention to restoring Parliamentary Democracy in the country by 2014.
Bainimarama was accompanied to the meeting by senior Cabinet Ministers, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Civil Aviation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister for Education, Filipe Bole and Minister for Defence, National security and Immigration Ratu Epeli Ganilau.
Bainimarama welcomed Sir Paul Reeves’s delegation and explained that his stand has not changed from the July 1st announcement on Fiji’s Strategic Framework of Change and Roadmap to Parliamentary Democracy.
He said their intention was to continue with the reforms first before elections in 2014. In fact the focus was really on development and reforms until 2012 when work on the Constitution begins.
Bainimarama further explained that his Government was determined to usher in the new changes and reshape the nation towards a destiny of peace, prosperity without raced based policies and politics.
He also said that Government wanted to reshape peoples perception and remove the legacy of previous administrations and colonial hangovers.
On whether the Government will continue with the Political party Dialogue, Commodore Bainimarama said they will resume with the initiative in due time.
Sir Paul Reeves replied that their visit to Fiji was of noble intention and really to continue in dialogue.
Sir Paul is expected to meet with Representatives of Fiji Employers Federation and Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Senior Members of USP and FIT Academic Staff.