|Nailatikau: Still in the game. pic MINFO|
Epeli Nailatikau's three year term as illegal president has been extended for another two months.
It officially came to an end last Friday but has been stretched to December on the grace of the illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama.
Sources say the decision to keep Nailatikau on was made at a meeting by the Military Council (meeting for the first time since 2010) - two weeks ago.
The first draft of the new Constitution is expected to be made public in December and it's thought Nailatikau's term has been extended to accomodate this.
Public consultations wrapped up this week with the Commission holding its final round of hearings at Rotuma Gov’t Station, Moala and Lakeba.
Commission chair Yash Ghai has told media they were hoping to finish the draft before Christmas to allow the public time to study the draft and give their comments before it's submitted to the Constituent Assembly.
Ghai says the drafting has been ongoing 'in terms of loading submissions into a database'. "I can’t talk about the final copy as we have not finished it, but we have been working quite hard to meet the deadline."
The draft copy will be circulated to members of the public with a short document, about 20-25 pages long, which will explain the contents of the constitution. It will be in the three main languages.
The public will get between Christmas and early January to study the draft and submit their comments after which it will be passed on to the Constituent Assembly in late January.