Thursday, April 12, 2007

Chiefs decision most unfortunate: Ganilau - Wednesday April 11, 2007

Interim Fijian Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau
Interim Fijian Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau has described as "most unfortunate" a decision by members of the Great Council of Chiefs to reject the President’s choice of Vice President.

Members of the Kubuna and Burebasaga confederacies rejected Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s name for the post of VP.

Nailatikau was the President’s nominee and the GCC was expected to endorse his name at their meeting today.

The Tovata confederacy backed Nailatikau for the post.

Nailatikau is from the Kubuna confederacy.

Ganilau said it was his view that the chiefs of Kubuna and Burebasaga tried to question the legality or illegality of the Interim Administration.

He said that issue is currently before the court.

Ganilau said if the chiefs were already questioning the matter while the case was in court then it was "most unfortunate" as their decision to reject the VP nominee was not taking the country anywhere.

He added the President can nominate another person or leave the post vacant for a while.

The VP’s Office has been vacant since the resignation of Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi after the December 5 military coup.

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