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Opposition to changing Fiji's flag

Opposition to changing Fiji's flag

Updated 3 January 2013, 11:45 AEST

If the coup installed military government in Fiji changes the country's flag, a future democratically elected government could change it back again.

That's the reaction from Fiji United peoples Party leader Mick Beddoes to the announcement by interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama that the 1970 flag of Fiji, which features the British Union flag in the top left hand corner will be changed to reinforce a new Fijian identity.

The former opposition leader says the interim government, which took power at gunpoint in 2006, has no right to change national symbols.

Mr Beddoes says that most people in Fiji wouldn't support a change to the flag.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Fijian chief Adi Litia Qionibaravi, a former CEO of the Ministry of Fijian Affairs

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