PRIME MINSTER SOON TO ANNOUNCE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is sending invitations to individuals and organisations to be members of the Constituent Assembly over the course of the next few weeks. The last of the invitations will go out after the 14th?of February, the deadline for existing political parties to register under the new Political Parties Decree.

Those parties that register under the Decree will be invited to the Constituent Assembly.

As earlier announced, the Constituent Assembly is scheduled to have its first sitting in February.

The Constituent Assembly has the duty to review and approve the draft constitution as required under the relevant Decree.

The Decree requires that the Assembly be diverse, and in addition to political parties, be composed of members who represent faith based organisations, trade unions, employers, the business community, Government, rural and agricultural communities, the RFMF, national organisations, women, youth, people with disability, pensioners, and other Fijian-registered civil society groups, amongst others.

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