Monday, October 01, 2007

Chief wants elected government leaders

Monday, October 01, 2007

CHAIRMAN of the suspended Great Council of Chiefs and Tui Tavua Ratu Ovini Bokini said his views on the current interim administration had not changed.

Reacting to interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's address to the United Nations General Assembly Ratu Ovini said any changes to the constitution or any constitutional body needed a democratically elected Government to use the parliamentary process.

"If there is corruption or the Government of the day does not perform according to the norms he has been suggesting the voters will have their say after five years," Ratu Ovini said.

"As far as democracy is concerned it is wrong to takeover control of a government against the wishes of the voters."

Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was not available for comment when contacted last night.

Efforts to get a comment from Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua spokesman Peceli Kinivuwai proved futile.

SDL member and former parliamentarian Ted Young also referred questions to Mr Kinivuwai.

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