“Aware of the situation unfolding in Fiji”- NZ FM Nanaia Mahuta

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta on Thursday said she was aware of the situation unfolding in Fiji and encouraged all parties to allow the constitution process to play out.
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted to hold an urgent debate about Russia's deadly invasion of Ukraine at Kyiv's request, amid widespread international condemnation of Moscow's attack, in Geneva, Switzerland February 28, 2022.
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted to hold an urgent debate about Russia's deadly invasion of Ukraine at Kyiv's request, amid widespread international condemnation of Moscow's attack, in Geneva, Switzerland February 28, 2022. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

By Lucy Craymer

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta on Thursday said she was aware of the situation unfolding in Fiji and encouraged all parties to allow the constitution process to play out.

"We are aware of the statement from Fiji's Police Commissioner. We encourage all parties to allow the constitutional process to play out," she said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

The Pacific island's police commissioner said in a social media post earlier on Thursday that Fiji's military will assist police in maintaining "security and stability".

Fiji is currently waiting for its president to recall parliament so lawmakers can vote for a new prime minister after a national election last week showed no party received a clear majority.

(Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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