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Academic says Fiji's constitution legitimacy will be questioned

Academic says Fiji's constitution legitimacy will be questioned

Updated 1 October 2013, 16:58 AEST

A Fijian academic based in New Zealand says the legitimacy of Fiji's new constitution is something people will continue to question, even after next years election.

Dr Steven Ratuva, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland's Centre for Pacific Studies, says the constitution has a number of serious problems, especially when it comes to the independence of the judiciary.

He says it grants too much power to the prime minister and the attorney general.

Dr Ratuva says the document could be seen as helping to entrench the power of the current coup installed military government.

Presenter:Bruce Hill

Speaker:Dr Steven Ratuva, Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

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