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Move To New Flag, Inclusive: PM

Moves by the Government to change the Fijian flag will involve inclusive consultations with representatives of all Fijians, says the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, he said
10 Feb 2015 10:25
Move To New Flag, Inclusive: PM

Moves by the Government to change the Fijian flag will involve inclusive consultations with representatives of all Fijians, says the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, he said the decision, first mooted in his New Year address of 2013, was not taken lightly. He said he was encouraged by the support of the British High Commissioner to Fiji, Roderick Drummond.

“Britain has been our friend before, now and will be into the future, “ he said.

The Prime Minister had last week made an announcement on the move towards a new flag during the opening the Legal Aid Commission office in Nasinu. He told Parliament yesterday that making the announcement in Nasinu, that continued the highest density of Fijians anywhere in the country, was symbolic of his government’s commitment to the common Fijian.

He said new laws were also being considered to protect the new Fiji flag from such acts as desecration. He repeated the reasons behind this move and the need to come up with new symbols that were not tied to our colonial past.

In response, Opposition parliamentarian Viliame Gucake, insisted that the Christian symbolism of the crosses of Saint George and Saint Andrew were an integral part of Fijian history. National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad, joined Mr Gucake in calling for a referendum on the issue.

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