Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Contest polls with Charter, Beddoes urges

Contest polls with Charter, Beddoes urges

Fiji’s ousted Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes has suggested that interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and his interim Cabinet to contest the next general election.

He’s also suggested that the interim Cabinet use the draft People’s Charter as its manifesto while contesting the next election.

Beddoes told Fijilive people involved with the interim regime were educated and knew what they were doing was illegal.

“If they all honestly believe that what they are doing is right, then I suggest they form a political party, with Frank as their leader, even cheat if they must, but contest the next elections against us with the charter as their manifesto and let the people deliver their verdict through the ballot box,” he said.

Beddoes added that the UN and Commonwealth should supervise the elections and UN peacekeepers should be brought in to monitor its conduct.

“Now if they win, good luck to them, they will now have a legal right to be where they are and to do what they are doing,” he said.

But if they lose, Beddoes said they should all resign and prepare themselves for an internationally-sponsored Commission of Inquiry for treason.

“… And be prepared to face the consequences for their part in the Dec 5, 2006, act of treason and spend the rest of their lives in prison,” he added.

Meanwhile, interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said: “Don’t listen to what he (Beddoes) says”.

Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “We don’t have to respond whenever Beddoes makes a comment.”

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