Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fiji: what are they doing for the next three years?

Fijian dictator Voreqe Bainimarama gave a speech today outlining his plans for change and to fulfil his "mandate" for elections in 2014. The key announcement?

Consultations with the various stake holders for the drafting of the new constitution shall also commence in September 2012. These consultations shall be extensive and will not just be limited to political parties. It shall include civil society including NGOs and citizens of our country. Consultations shall include discussions on the size of the new parliament, the appropriateness of bi-cameral system, the length of the term of office of a Government and the systems of checks and balances.
That's right - work won't even begin on a new constitution and electoral system until 2012. Which begs the question: what the hell will they be doing for the next three years?