Last month Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced that the draft Constitution was ready. He had promised that the draft and any amendments would be handled by a Constituent Assembly, but then he announced it would be presented directly to the people of Fiij, saying they would be the Constituent Assembly and they had two weeks to provide feedback.
The whole constitutional process in Fiji has become a contentious issue which started with the scrapping of the original draft by Professor Yash Ghai and his allegations that the leaders of the military-backed regime were fiddling with the process.
Political figures also criticised what they called a faulty document.
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