Commodore Bainimarama holds course in Fiji
Created: Wed, 1 Jul 2009
Fiji interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says he will not be moved to speed up plans for democratic elections.
Commodore Bainimarama made the announcement during a national address in Suva.
A copy of the speech obtained by Radio Australia shows he has named September 2014 as the deadline for holding elections.
In the meantime, he said he is committed to reforms outlined in the People’s Charter and in the mandate issued with President Ratu Josefa in April, following the scrapping of the country’s constitution.
These include drawing up a new constitution by September 2012.
Members of the international community, particularly Australia and New Zealand, have been pushing Fiji’s interim government to hold democratic elections before the end of this year.
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says he’s sad there is nothing new in the address.
The minister says the coup leader’s commitment that elections won’t be held till September 2014 is unacceptable to Australia, the Pacific Islands Forum and the international community.
Mr Smith says the military regime is ill-equipped to deal with challenges posed by Fiji’s dire economic future.
He says the military must return to the barracks and let the people hold democratic elections.
Jolly good thing that he believes in his own rhetoric, because he’d be the only one.
Every utterance from the illegal prime meanster is hollow like that thingamajig held up by his neck, and so terribly terribly shallow.
That’s the sum total of the ignorant, insignificant wannabe who is said to almost (?) soil his oloolo ni polos whenever there’s a sudden movement (no pun intended) or loudish noise around him.