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Fiji Military Will Be Represented In Constituent Assembly
Bainimarama reminds military to focus on elections goal

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 4, 2013) – Fiji's military will be represented in the Constituent Assembly, and that body’s membership will be announced soon by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

PM Bainimarama declared this today during the first parade and medal presentation ceremony of military officers at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua.

"In a short time we will be announcing the members of the constituent assembly and a military representative will surely be part of the assembly in order to prepare a new constitution that will bring peace and take Fiji to a better place," said Bainimarama.

Bainimarama said officers should know their roles and move with the government in order to reach the 2014 elections because everything that is happening is part of military’s agenda.

"You should not be moved and be surprised with what is going on and should stay focus[ed] in our goals in trying to reach elections," he said.

He also said military’s participation and support during this time plays an important part and they would want to see military’s views when the new constitution is released.

Meanwhile, Bainimarama handed 163 medals to officers who have served the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) for more than 15 years.

[PIR editor's note: Bainimarama also told the assembled military forces not to be deterred by politicians and support fully the government's intentions to reach a new constitution prior to elections. Meanwhile, 36th Parallel think-tank analyst Dr. Paul Buchanan says that the regime's latest actions show it is not preparing to transition to a liberal democracy in 2014, adding the rejection of the draft constitution as initially written is further proof the military government will institute a guarded democracy.]

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