Two major announcements from the regime in recent days have been met with strong resistance from both major and minor political parties and democracy groups.
All are rightly denouncing the illegal government's decision to start consultations to replace the 1997 Constitution and the decision to abolish the Great Council of Chiefs.
The fresh and invigoprated debate shows the people of Fiji will not roll over and die and suggest there will be a fight to reclaim the country legitimately in the 2014 elections.
On that note, Coupfourpointfive has been told by insiders there is talk that Frank Bainimarama is being urged to name his new political party One Fiji. Insiders also insist Esala Teleni will be roped in to run Bainimarama's day to day operation while he concentrates on securing a safe exit for himself either as prime minister or president.
A new party has also made its debut. The Fiji First Party (The Neutralising Force), has released a statement denouncing the consultations (see below) and outlining its understanding of the current crisis.
Meanwhile the NFP says it's not convinced about the consultations saying "until we see something better we have no reason to abandon it."
Quote: "Mr Bainimarama’s announcements fall short. We cannot have genuine consultation in a restrictive environment. We need to see immediate steps to remove all impediments such as the plethora of decrees that severely restrict our rights, freedoms and access to the Courts."
The USA based Democracy and Freedom for Fiji Movement (see below) has also nailed it:
"The reason for the political upheaval in 2006 was not due to the constitution but because of the self-interest of Bainimarama. The demand made by Bainimarama in 2006 to the Qarase government never included the amendment or removal of the 1997 constitution.
"Therefore the constitution should be allowed to continue and the Court of Appeal decision of April 2009 be implemented. Any change to the constitution should follow the normal process where individuals are free to express their views and a Parliament approves the changes after wide consultations.
"We feel that the money that is being allocated to this time and money wasting exercise should be diverted to ensure that the services such as health, education and law order are delivered for the benefit of the public."
NFP on the Constitution
Fiji First Party Constitution Abrogated
DFFM statement on Constitution