Fiji likely to be expelled from Forum: Key

Fiji is likely to be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum on Friday - the deadline for holding democratic elections, Prime Minister John Key said.

Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said today the country would not be expelled from the forum, despite not having held elections.

He said self appointed Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama had been writing to the forum members to inform them of recent developments in Fiji.

"The Prime Minister's Office has been busy dealing with this and I don't think that Fiji will be excluded from the Pacific Islands Forum activities," he told FijiLive.

But Mr Key said from his discussions with other Pacific leaders he had "no reason to believe they would be anything other than suspended from the forum on May 1st".

A special forum summit in January decided Fiji would be the first country to be suspended from the group unless it declared an election date by May 1.

The forum will be held in Cairns, Australia from August 4 to 7.

- NZPA

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