Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Fiji PM needs “bitter truth”: Chaudhry

Fiji PM needs “bitter truth”: Chaudhry
07/10/2008 - www.fijilive.com

The son of former interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, lawyer Rajendra says Fiji’s leader is getting the wrong advice and needs to hear the “bitter truth”.

Chaudhry Jnr said the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s decisions in the last four to six months have been generally “flawed”.

He puts the blame on Bainimarama’s close associates – PM’s secretary Parmesh Chand, interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and People’s Charter lead advocate John Samy - whom he calls “political misfits”

“For example, the decision by the PM on UN matters and the many portfolios he has, shows he has not been properly briefed,” said Chaudhry.

“He is not a career politician but a military commander. He has been informed of what he wants to hear.

“These civil servants are not giving him the proper advice. They are not impressing urgency on the need for early election.”

Chaudhry said that perhaps the most glaring oversight is the delay in the recalling of Parliament to plot a legal way out of the political impasse.

“Most importantly, the changes he is seeking requires major constitutional changes. How can that happen without a Parliament in place?

“This breeds uncertainty and affects investments and much needed jobs for our people.

“The PM needs an independent group of advisers.

“Some truths may be bitter but he needs to hear them.”

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