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A muted local reaction to Fiji's new constitution

A muted local reaction to Fiji's new constitution

Updated 9 September 2013, 10:26 AEST

Fiji now has a constitution for the first time since 2009, after the country's president signed the new charter at a ceremony at Government House in Suva on Friday.

The document comes into force immediately and has drawn criticism for providing immunity for anyone involved in Fiji's series of coups.

But during the ceremony, both the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama dismissed claims of rights restrictions in the document.

Meanwhile, police have arrested more than a dozen people who'd been protesting outside the ceremony.

Radio Australia Correspondent Samisoni Pareti spoke about the local reaction to the new constitution.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Samisoni Pareti, Radio Australia's Fiji Correspondent

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