Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Ousted Fiji PM to speak in public forum

04 FEB 2008

Ousted Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, politicians, an economist and the former Supervisor of Elections will be guests at a public forum on the proposed 2009 elections.

Tomorrow’s event at the Holiday Inn in Suva is believed to be Qarase’s first public appearance since he was ousted from power by the military in 2006.

Titled “Elections 2009 – What it will mean for Fiji?” the forum will also focus on economical and social issues.

Qarase, National Federation Party’s Pramod Rae, Acting Leader of United People’s Party Mick Beddoes and the former Supervisor of Elections Semesa Karavaki, will speak on the topic “Is it politically and administratively feasible to hold elections in 2009, and what would the political ramifications be if national elections are delayed?”

Speakers on “Economic and Social Issues” include University of the South Pacific Economist Dr Biman Chand, Fiji Manufacturers Association’s Desmond Whiteside and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement coordinator Virisila Buadromo.

The event is organized by the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity and Pacific Concerns Resource Centre.

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