Friday, August 15, 2008

No move for national unity: Beddoes

No move for national unity: Beddoes
Friday, August 15, 2008

Ousted opposition leader Mick Beddoes has denied that there was any 'government of national unity' move as speculated by Dr Jim Anthony in his open letter to the interim government today.
Mr Beddoes said he was not aware of such a move as claimed by the author of the letter."Although such a move would be a positive improvement to the current arrangement."He said that from his own limited experience with Mr Mahendra Chaudhry, in the opposition leaders appointment, what is happening now is typical 'text book Chaudhry manoeuvre' to avoid the humiliation that his sacking will bring so he needs to get his party to pull him out before the effective date of his termination arrives."What I understand is that Mr Chaudhry went to his Management Board first to get them to ask him to pull out of the Cabinet, but some of them refused, because they all hold important positions and they want him to stay so they can stay."But he cant because he will face a possible forced removal, so there was an apparent split, which is why he is now going to the NFU dominated National Council, which he controls absolutely and he is expected to ask them to ask him to pull out of the Cabinet and this announcement is expected on Monday or late Sunday," he said.Mr Beddoes said suggestions that he (Chaudhry) will take all his FLP members with him, raise the question about their motive for going into the interim administration in the first place, was it really for the Fiji as their first claimed or was it for FLP and self.

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