Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brave Beddoes Points Out Bainimarama's Misguided Comments

Radio Australia News
Mick Beddoes

Fiji opposition politician criticises Bainimarama


A Fiji opposition politician has criticised the interim prime minister for recent comments about the country's Constitution Commission.
The President of the United Peoples Party, Mick Beddoes, has accused Commodore Frank Bainimarama of threatening the work of the Commission by making heavy handed and threatening comments about some people's submissions.
Mr Beddoes told Bruce Hill that the interim prime minister risks undermining the Commission's work and destroying its credibility with his statements.

Fiji's permanent secretary of information, Sharon Smith-Johns, says Commodore Bainimarama has given his full support to the constitution consultations and is confident that the commission will produce a constitution based on democratic principles and equal rights. She says that to suggest that government is interfering with this process is completely incorrect, describing Mr Beddoes comments as another plot by politicians to discredit government and indeed the independence of the Constitution Commission.
In a statement to Pacific Beat, the information secretary said that the interim prime minister maintains that all Fijians regardless of race, religion or merit must have an equal say in this process. Ms Smith-Johns says the submission the Mick Beddoes is referring to is that of the SDL party who want to take the country back 50 years by calling for Fiji to become a Christian state with a return to race based voting and to strip all rights of various minority groups in the country. She says under those circumstances anyone would criticise the submission.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker:The President of the United Peoples Party, Mick Beddoes

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