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THE FUTURE FOR FIJI


Fiji Constitution Commission, chaired by Proj Yash Ghai, was rejected by the government. The government produced its own draft which proved to be very controversial and it was forced to produce another draft, drawing on some of the provisions of the Ghai draft. The third draft became the official constitution.


The new constitution has raised


some interesting debates relating to a number of crtical issues. For instance, there is concern about the role of the Prime Minister and Attorney General in the appointment of the senior judicial officers.


This can be problematic in terms of independence and perception of independence of the Judiciary whose role includes providing a system of


checks and balances to keep the Executive in line. This is crucial for a country like Fiji which has a history of political and military interference in the judicial system, especially in times of coups. The culture of judicial independence needs to be fully institutionalized and entrenched as part of the re-democratization process to ensure that people have trust and


Above: Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with- Brigadier General Mohammed- Aziz.


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