August 26, 2013

RFMF backs final form

August 23, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by: newsroom
A-G happy with positive response from participants

Fiji’s new constitution unveiled yesterday has the support of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF).

RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga.

Sounding optimistic about the country’s future Colonel Tikoitoga said they would carry out their role to the best their capability and has assured all of their security.

Section 131 (2) of the Constitution spells out clearly the function of the RFMF and it stipulates – “It shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to ensure at all times the security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

According to Colonel Tikoitoga the new constitution has given equal opportunities to all and not to only a selected few as witnessed in the past.

It has also provide a secure atmosphere for the business community

This constitution, according to Colonel Tikoitoga, is tailor-made for the nation.

The new constitution, he said had set the pace for the 2014 election.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said he was glad with the response from all the participants.

“Consultative sessions were held today on the final version of the new Constitution. The media, NGOs and civil society groups, the political parties and members of the diplomatic corps were invited,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The sessions he said were well attended and the new constitution was received positively.

However, he said it was a pity that none of the four registered political parties attended the briefings

When asked if it was a boycott the Attorney General said – “My response to their absence is that they just did not respond positively to the invite.”

A release from the United Front for a Democratic Fiji (UNDF) on Tuesday confirmed their non-attendance.

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