Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says it is not possible to return the country to democracy before 2014.
He made the comments in response to a petition - containing 600,000 signatures - calling for elections to be held before the end of this year.
Bainimarama says changes have to be implemented first before Government is going to start thinking about holding elections.
“What I’m going to re-iterate is that it is not practical and realistic to hold elections before 2014. The implementation of the fundamental changes and reforms captured in the people’s charter and which are now being implemented under the framework of the Roadmap – this is the only plan – or priority for Fiji. It is a plan that is objective of a better Fiji - where all benefit and not just the elite few – as has been the case previously.”
He adds they will receive any help offered.
“We welcome any partnership and engagement that will progress these reforms changes. What we will not entertain however - are the irresponsible demands and proposals of selfish individuals and groups that run counter to the charter and the road-map and everybody in Fiji understands that.”- Fiji Broadcasting Corporation