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No justification for poll postponement’

No justification for poll postponement’
20 JUL 2008

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has criticised the Fijian interim government for postponing elections.

Bainimarama promised to hold an election by March next year.

But Smith told ABC that Bainimarama has now reneged on that agreement.

Smith says with ample time and a stable environment, there is no justification for not holding an election.

"There is still eight to nine months to go and there is no reason, subject to the political will of the interim government, why such an election cannot be held," he said.

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