Thursday, May 22, 2008

No Charter, no election, says Fiji PM

Sai Comment:
- When will it ever get through to Voreqe that he does not have the legal, moral or any other authority to force his charter down the throats of the people of Fiji. He is fighting a losing battle and Fiji will be the worse for it if he persists. Then again he has shown no sign of caring what happens to the nation and its peoples. The sooner he and his illegal regime go the better it will be for Fiji.

Tui Savu Comment:
Final Test for the Military Council

- Over 18 months ago, I had written that Bainimarama does not understand the niceties of dialogue, but only rule by the gun.

This is clearly portrayed on one hand entering into dialogue with Qarase and on the other hand, maintaining that if the People’s Charter is not accepted then no General Elections in 2009.

His stubbornness to hold a referendum to elect a Vice President if there is no quorum for the GCC to convene is further proof that despite the Fijians total repudiation of his illegal rule and policies, he continues to push his agenda down their throats.

The illegal regime’s insistence on its right to rule only further polarises ethnic tension, which will have terrible consequences, yet ironically this is what he maintains the People’s Charter will eradicate!

Bainimarama and his cronies in their stubbornness have become so tunnel vision, that nothing else is acceptable except their claims!
The 14 Provinces have overwhelming rejected the People’s Charter and have either refused to send delegates to the GCC, refrained from sending its delegates or is sending its same delegates to the previous GCC, who are disqualified under the new Regulation.

The Military Council has no legal justification whatsoever to continue supporting the illegal regime, now that the lawful Fijian Provincial Councils and Bose Vanuas have so eloquently spoken their mind.
The Military Council can still exonerate itself from its erroneous way by withdrawing its unconditional support to the illegal regime.
Because to continue to support the illegal regime despite the overwhelming rejection by the 14 Provinces, only lends credence to Roko Tui Bau’s words, that many in the Fijian heartland view this coup as an Indian coup because there is simply no rationale why the Military Council should continue supporting this illegal regime.
The illegal regime is only able to rule, impose and dictate policy to the people of Fiji because of the Military Council’s unconditional support.
Once this support is withdrawn, the illegal regime will crumble like a house of cards because its legitimacy is not built upon legality, but brute force.

The Military Council’s resolve is now being finally tested, whether it will return to upholding the rule of law, for which the Military as an Institution swears to uphold or will it continue to be manipulated and be a pawn of failed politicians and devious people?

The illegal regime is quickly running out of options and the doors are quickly closing in around them.

The postponing of General Elections next year seems inevitable, but my question to the Military Council is why delay the inevitable?

The Military Council will one day be questioned on its role in seizing a lawful government and its mistreatment of civilians, so why not cut its losses now and protect itself?
They can be assured that when this fiasco is all over, the illegal regime will fend for itself and not indemnify the Military Council.

Furthermore, they cannot indemnify the Military Council because it is trite law that following an illegal order is not a defence.

To continue upholding the illegal regime, which has been thoroughly repudiated by the Fijian people, means the Military Council will eventually have to come to the forefront and openly confront the Fijian people and having more blood on its hands.

Is this what the Military Council envisages for itself?

Tui Savu.
Townsville. QLD

No Charter, no election, says Fiji PM
22 MAY 2008

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says there will be no March 2009 election if politicians do not agree with the People’s Charter.

Bainimarama told Fijilive that this was one of the issues he discussed with ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in their meeting on May 19.

“We can’t have elections without the Charter,” he said.

Bainimarama said he told Qarase that it was very important to solve the underlying problems of the coups in the country before the elections.

“We have to sort out all the problems,” he said.

Bainimarama said that failure to accomplish this via the Charter would be inconsistent with the purpose of the military’s clean-up campaign.

In ousting the Qarase Government in 2006, the military’s stated intention was to root out corruption and steer the country forward.

He said the Charter would require all leaders to work together and implement the wishes of the people.

Agree With Charter Or No Elections
Publish date/time: 22/05/2008 [17:19]

Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama said the people of Fiji can appoint the president and vice president even if the chiefs from each province stay out of the Great Councils of Chiefs meeting.

Speaking in Nadoi village, Rewa, today, after opening the extension of the Methodist church, Bainimarama stressed that it is up to the chiefs to decide if they want to cooperate with the new GCC legislation or not.

Bainimarama raised concerns that some chiefs want to politicize the provincial councils, knowing very well that the provincial councils come under government.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has also told ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Methodist Church President Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca that if politicians do not agree with the formation of the People's Charter, there will be no elections in March next year.

Bainimarama reiterated that the interim government and the military want the people of Fiji, which includes politicians and church leaders to support the charter, since they believe that the charter will eradicate the problems faced by the country.

He said the people of Fiji should accept that the military took over government and if Fiji wants to move forward, the people should support what the interim government has been doing.

Bainimarama stressed that the military will be the watchdog of the charter and any government elected by the people, will have to abide by what is contain in the charter.

Beddoes Comment:

-Interim PM's outburst not new: Beddoes
Friday, May 23, 23 May 2008

Update: 12:36PM Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes said today he has grown accustomed to the regular shifting of position with regards to the Elections and the Charter by the regime.

Mr Beddoes said he expects the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimaramas position to change many times more before an election date was set.

Responding to the statement made by Commodore Bainimarama in Rewa yesterday, Mr Beddoes said it is unfortunate he resorts to threatening the people and the chiefs with his promised elections if they do not support the charter.

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