Sunday, May 25, 2008

Accept people's decision, PM told

Accept people's decision, PM told - 5/25/2008

The people have rejected the People’s Charter and the interim government should accept this, a political party said. Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party national director Peceli Kinivuwai called on Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to accept the people’s decision.
“The people have rejected the Charter outright and the Prime Minister must accept it,” Mr Kinivuwai said.
He said the people supported the move by the government to return the country to parliamentary democracy but not under the Charter. They want Fiji’s return to democracy under the 1997 Constitution.
He said election was a constitutional matter and the interim government had no right to delay it just because it wanted the Charter passed by the people.
He said the Charter was a political document and taxpayer’s money had been used to promote it.
“Why should the taxpayers pay for an unconstitutional document?” he said.
“This is not in accordance with the good governance which this regime continuously champions.”
He said the SDL party had studied Cmdre Bainimarama’s statement at Nadoi village in Rewa in which he said there would be no election if the people rejected the Charter.
Mr Kinivuwai said it was a tactic to delay the election and to hold onto power.
He said with majority of the Fijian people rejecting the Charter, the interim government should quickly make an assessment of its progress.
He said the best way forward was have a new beginning starting with an election. He said voters should vote for the government they wanted to lead them and decide on the policies for the future.

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