Fiji’s Prime Minister has announced that his country will remove the Union Jack from its flag.
Frank Bainimarama, the Prime Minister, said the flag had served the country well since independence in 1970 but is now outdated.
Bainimarama said the country would replace it with a design that symbolises the Pacific nation, not former colonial power Britain.
He also suggested other images on the flag, including a shield with the cross of St George and a British lion, along with sugar cane, bananas, a palm tree and a dove of peace, had little to do with modern Fiji.
The Prime Minister says a national competition to design a new flag will be held, with the aim of hoisting it on October 11 this year, the 45th anniversary of independence.