Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chaudry urges return to democracy

Former Fiji prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry is calling for an end to military rule in Fiji as the country faces further isolation.Fiji has been given until Friday to return to democracy or face suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum and other penalties.

Mahendra Chaudhry is urging military leader Frank Bainimarama to return the country to democracy. He told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat Programme that further isolation will be harmful for Fiji's population and wants to work with Fiji's interim administration to end military rule in the country.

"I'm asking for the process which was in place before the scrapping of the constitution to be resumed," he said.

"We had political parties which were working with the interim administration to workout a roadmap back to democracy and the issues which needed to be discussed and agreed upon have to be referred for mediation by a joint team from the United Nations and the Commonwealth Secretariat."

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