Bainimarama has stressed during a national address this morning to launch a roadmap featuring key reforms between now and 2014, when Fiji will go to elections to return to parliamentary democracy.
“The reality is that September 2014 is the deadline for elections,” he told an audience comprising members of the diplomatic corps and the private sector, while flanked by his Cabinet.
Appealing to the international community that “Fiji continues to seek engagement”, Bainimarama thanked those external partners who had “shown fortitude and support” and were helping Fiji in areas such as infrastructure development.
Between now and 2014, the Prime Minister said his government would be an “agent of change for the betterment of Fiji” and would “not shy away from making tough decisions and making paradigm shifts”.
All these, he said, were a continuation of the mandate he said President Ratu Josefa Iloilo had given his government following the abrogation of Fiji’s 1997 Constitution on April 10 this year.
Bainimarama said between now and 2014, reforms would be implemented to give reality to the President’s mandate.
The reforms include work on a new, non-racial constitution to begin in September 2012, land reforms to be launched from 2010 to give native landowners better returns from land rentals while keeping their ownership of land untouched and fostering private sector enthusiasm to help grow an economy hard hit by the global financial crisis.
from Fiji live