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Flag: Interest high, PM May Extend Time

Flag: Interest high, PM May Extend Time
PM Voreqe Bainimarama at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on Coral Coast yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
June 30
11:00 2015

Today is the last day for members of the public to make submissions on the new flag.

However, the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, said because of the many interests shown by the public, he would make a decision today on whether there would be an extension.

“I’ll make a decision tomorrow (today) on whether there will be an extension,” he said.

From the more than 2000 designs received by the flag committee, only 23 were chosen and Fijians had been invited to give their feedback on the one they liked the most.

The committee said: “The flag designs chosen contain symbolism that is meaningful to all Fijians and reflects Fiji’s proud status as a modern and independent nation.”

Fiji will soon have laws in relation to the protection of the country’s flag for the first time ever.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights had heard submissions on the National Flag Protection Bill, which was tabled in Parliament by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Debate and vote on the Flag Bill will take place next month.

The new flag will be hoisted during the Fiji Day celebrations in October this year.  Maika Bolatiki




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