Ban welcomes start of constitution-making process in Fiji
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||12 March 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Ban welcomes start of constitution-making process in Fiji, 12 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f63384a2.html [accessed 12 July 2014]|
"It is critical, in his view, that this process is inclusive and participatory, and that the voices of all Fijians are heard and their fundamental human rights protected," said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Media reports on Friday indicated that Fijian authorities had announced a process to debate and approve a new constitution over the next one year. In January, Fijian authorities lifted the public emergency regulation.
Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji, took power in a coup d'état in 2006. Last year, during an address to the General Assembly's annual General Debate, he outlined details of a political road map which includes the drafting of a new constitution leading to national elections by September 2014.