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Fiji's Opposition MP Salote Radrodro has claimed that the 2013 Constitution is gender biased, threatening the lives of women.
Women’s group generally view the 2013 constitution with great disappointment for it threatens lives in a variety of ways and is much less favourable to the position of women as compared to the Yash Ghai draft.
Women in Fiji compose more than fifty percent of Fiji’s population and yet their issue, interests that’s supposed to protect them is not reflected in the constitution.
However, former Education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy told parliament, the supreme law has made considerable progress over the years, granting equal opportunities for all Fijians.
Dr Reddy says the government had informed all Fijians of their manifesto which was in line with the 2013 constitution before running for election.
“Madam Speaker we took the constitution to the people and we campaigned on this constitution. It was a referendum. We told them about this constitution. We got this constitution and said we going in elections with this and this is our manifesto. Constitution is the law of our country that provides the frame work for the conduct of government and all Fijians. Commit ourselves to the recognition and protection of human rights and respect for human dignity.”
Dr Reddy also urged the opposition to go over the current constitution again as it explains the equal rights of every Fijian.
Opposition Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro says the Fijian constitution should have included few points from Professor Yash Ghai’s recommendation.
While giving his response on the President’s speech in Parliament, Radrodro says Professor Ghai’s recommendation had carried the voice of the people after wide consultations.
Some of the recommendations are having a caretaker government six months prior to elections and a maximum term for an elected Prime Minister to be eight years.
“The logic behind this is to ensure accountability and transparency, remove opportunities for corruption and abuse of office and eliminate the possibility of a leader turning his high office in his personal territory,” said Radrodro….
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