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Fiji's political parties formally registered

Fiji's political parties formally registered

Updated 3 May 2013, 16:47 AEST

Fiji's three remaining political parties have been officially registered.

The announcement by the Registrar for Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, comes just after the coup installed military government finished its consultation period over the new constitution, meaning the parties could not participate in the process.

The National Federation Party, the Fiji Labour Party and the Social Democratic Liberal Party are cooperating with each other at the moment as the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, and say they will jointly decide whether they will stand in the September elections next year depending on whether they believe it will be free and fair.

Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry told Bruce Hill, the fact that the parties have been registered is positive, but there are still restrictions on political freedom in Fiji.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, speaking on Radio Tarana

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