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‘Constitution Day is a celebration of our values as a nation’

President of the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote has wished the people of Fiji a happy Constitution Day, highlighting that the day is a celebration of our values as a nation. The 2013 Constitution was the first in our history to establish the principle that every Fijian is equal, whoever […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 7, 2016 1:46 pm

President of the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote has wished the people of Fiji a happy Constitution Day, highlighting that the day is a celebration of our values as a nation.

The 2013 Constitution was the first in our history to establish the principle that every Fijian is equal, whoever they are, wherever they come from or whatever their religious or political beliefs. Before that, some of our citizens were established in law as being more equal than others. Their votes carried more weight than others. They enjoyed more privileges than others.  And this could never be a proper base on which to build a modern nation-state, which is what we intend to do now that we are finally one nation, one people, with equal rights and equal responsibilities.

The President also said that no society on earth could claim to be a just society unless it protected and empowered the most vulnerable of its members – whether it is women, children, the elderly, the sick or the disabled.

In Fiji, we are proudly making a special effort to take everyone with us on our journey forward as a nation. And that includes people with disabilities.  And we are determined as a nation that, as far as possible, disability should be no barrier to advancement. Our first paralympian gold medalist Honourable Iliesa Delana is now our Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports.

He appealed to every Fijian, whatever their political affiliation, to unite behind the Constitution.

“With this document, we lay to rest the institutionalised divisions and inefficiencies that have plagued us and embrace a common future in which we all have an equal stake. And we lay the foundations of a new Fiji – taking our place among the great democracies and fulfilling the dream we all share of better days to come.”

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