Friday, October 17, 2008

Fiji coup culture ‘will never die’

Fiji coup culture ‘will never die’
www.fijilive.com - 17/10/2008
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The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi, believes the recent decision by the Fiji High Court against deposed Prime Minister will give rise to more coups.

In a statement, Talagi, who is Premier of Niue, made reference to the recent court ruling in which the interim Government was declared legal.

He said coups were never welcome.

Talagi said the judgment seemed to perpetuate Fiji’s coup culture, which he believed the current interim Government stated it was keen to banish.

He also pointed out that in the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ decision in Niue in August, the desire for continued dialogue and engagement was paramount and this process was never contingent on any court decisions or other factors.

"The Pacific Island Forum Leaders decision in Niue has always been based on the Fiji interim Prime Minister’s promise in Tonga that he would hold democratic elections in March 2009,” Talagi said.

“This is still the Forum Leaders’ desire and expectation.

“Forum Island countries are committed to assist Fiji meet that deadline."


Qarase’s comments rile Fiji interim PM 17/10/2008
Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is frustrated with comments made by the man he ousted from power.This comes as Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua leader Laisenia Qarase told journalists this week that the interim Government’s reign had been too long.Speaking to Fijilive this morning, Bainimarama said Qarase should stop wasting his time saying things against his government.Qarase made the comments after expressing concern over the lack of urgency by the interim Government in holding a general election.But the interim PM said: “He (Qarase) should be more careful making such comments because he doesn’t know what he is talking about. “If he has a problem with the way I run the country, he should tell it to my face rather than making such foolish comments like that.“I urge him to prove that my government is not doing enough to take this nation forward,” Bainimarama said.“What you reporters need to do is stop wasting your time on people like Qarase because he will only bring trouble,” he added.Qarase had said that interim administrations were meant to be temporary and two years was quite a long time.He also said there is no excuse why we cannot have elections early next year.The interim administration has already stated that it wants to put in place electoral reforms first before any election can take place.

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