Monday, July 28, 2008

Worry about NZ politics, Clark told

Worry about NZ politics, Clark told
Monday, July 28, 2008

Update: 2:56PM Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry says New Zealands Prime Minister Helen Clark should just worry about elections in her home country instead of bothering about politics in Fiji.

Mr Chaudhry was reacting to comments made by Ms Clark to Radio Australia last week.

The New Zealand Prime Minister said Fiji coup leader and interim Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, may seek to become the country's president and elect Mr Chaudhry as the country's prime minister.

"Ms Clark should just worry about her party winning the elections next November instead of worrying about Fiji," said Mr Chaudhry.

Ms Clark says she had her doubts when Commodore Bainimarama made his promise last year to hold elections by March 2009.

"I must say I wasn't convinced by the assurances he gave the Forum leaders, so I wrote everything down," she said.

Ms Clark says Commodore Bainimarama could be looking for an exit strategy because he was guilty of treason.

She says it is possible he may try to seize the presidency.

"There's someone in that position at the moment, perhaps that is the next stage of the coup," she said.

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