Tuesday 22 October 2019

Fiji to drop Union Jack in flag 'revamp'

FIJI'S military regime is planning to drop the Union Jack as part of plans to forge a new national identity.

The change would be the latest attempt by Fiji to distance itself from its colonial past, after its military rulers were suspended from the Commonwealth following a bloodless coup in 2006 and the regime's repeated failure to hold elections.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the military leader, used his national address on New Year's Day to outline plans for a new constitution and a "revamping" of the flag.

The current flag, adopted after Fiji was granted independence in 1970, features the Union Jack in the corner. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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