|Still carries weight: Qarase at Nadroga meeting|
Both Fiji's last democratically elected prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and his illegal successor, Frank Bainimarama, have been out among the people this week drumming up support, for their different camps.
Qarase, who was released from Korovou Prison just over a fortnight ago, was at the Nadroga meeting in Sigatoka yesterday, along with Rewa chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, as part of the United Coalition for a Democratic Fiji.
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The petition calls for a 'Constitution that frees us from fear, oppression and injustice and helps to transform our homeland once again into a symbol of hope for the world' and is being widely circulated with plans to post it online.
The meeting gave UFDF its third unanimous endorsement and called on the Coalition to set out is road map for a return to democracy so that people can be mobilized.
The Coalition plans to hold more meetings (these will be announced in coming days) and is pulling in respectable numbers at its meetings (150 in Sigatoka) but is having its work cut out for it because of what is essentially an unfair fight.
Bainimarama and his illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, have also been holding meetings and consultations in the past fortnight with Bainimarama due to take to the air waves again to push his draft.
The pair (Khaiyum was in Sigatoka the day before Qarase and UFDF), have extended to April 31 the submissions via the unorthodox method of text, emails and Facebook postings - and with the help of unquestioning media is getting positive front page write-ups.
In contrast, the likes of Fiji Village and its 'story' citing the Na Kalevu saying he didn't invite UFDF as it said shows the uphill battle the political parties have against the regime and more than six years of entrenched dictatorship.
Bainimarama all the while is claiming his draft has been warmly welcomed although 'people are asking for clarification'. Indeed, there are questions aplenty including why has he now hinted the elections may be earlier than September next year.
The 'leak' (planned or spontaneous?) has been confirmed by Suva and came in Papua New Guinea where he has managed to prise an outrageous FJ40.36 millions dollars for the planned poll - a poll that looks to be as much as a sham as last year's Constitution process.