Friday, July 31, 2009

Two New Decrees Before Ailing President Depart

Friday, July 31, 2009

As predicted by Coupfourpointfive, two days ago, retiring President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, who appointed himself as Head of State and Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces after abrogating the Constitution, has been used by the interim regime to promulgate amendments to two critical decrees.These decrees are 2 and 8 - Executive Authority of Fiji Drecree and the Office of the Vice President and Succession Decree. In doing so under the New Legal Order, the regime continues to violate with impunity and blatancy, its own illegal laws - albeit laws made through earlier Decrees.
The latest Decrees - Executive Authority of Fiji (Amendment) Decree, Decree 28, and Office of the Vice President Succession (Amendment) Decree, Decree 29, were posted today on the regime's online website. Decrees 2 and 8 were amended to allow Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to act as President and for the regime's interim Cabinet to instruct Chief Justice Anthony Gates who to appoint President. Decrees 2 and 8 - promulated under Iloilo's name on the 10th and the 16th - did not carry any provisions for retirement, resignation, removal or replacement of the Tui Vuda as President because he appointed himself to the role, effectively shutting the door on anyone else taking up office.Decrees 28 and 29 are dated Thursday 30th July - the day Iloilo announced he was retiring and would take leave immediately.The new Decree 29 - Office of the Vice President and Succession Decree - states the "Vice President performs functions of the President if the President is absent from duty or from Fiji or is for any other reason unable to perform the functions of his or her office or if the Office of the President becomes vacant for any reason".No such provision existed in Decree 8.
Decree 28 - Executive Authority of Fiji (Amendment) Decree now has a new section (3A) and states:a) If the Office of the President becomes vacant, the Chief Justice acting on the advice of the interim Cabinet, shall appoint another person to become President.The criteria for nomination and appointment requires the person to be a Fiji tizen with a distinguished career in any aspect of national or international life, whether in the public or private sector. The term has been reduced from 5 years to 3 year but allows him or her to be eligible for re-appointment.Under the Constitution, both the President and Vice-President could serve a maximum of two 5-year terms in their respective Offices but were not eligible for re-appointment after that.Editor's Note: See right of the blog for the new Decrees 28 and 29.
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There is uncertainty and confusion tonight regarding the status of the Methodist Church conference planned for Lomanikoro in Rewa, in a month's time. In their major news bulletin late this afternoon, the pro-regime station Radio Legend FM said the Standing Committee of the Methodist Church decided at its meeting in Suva today that the Conference won't be held this year. Legend FM quotes Church Assistant General Secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra, as saying (his voice was not aired), that members of the Standing Comittee are expected to go to Rewa tomorrow to inform iparamount chief, Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, as is the tradition, the conference has been cancelled.The radio station says the delegation would be led by former Church President and head of the Methodist Nadi Circuit, Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca.
Nawadra is reported as saying that earlier in the week they met with interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and the Military Council to assure them the Standing Committee would discuss options to replace the format of the Conference. Nawadra is furhter quoted as saying they assured Bainimarama and the Military Council of their support for the regime's effort to move the country "forward".Meanwhile, during its six o'clock news this evening, Fiji Television reported that members of the Standing Committee declined to comment on the outcomes of today's meeting.

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