Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fiji PM urges clergy, SDL support or else

Fiji PM urges clergy, SDL support or else
08/10/2008 - www.fijilive.com


Fiji’s interim PM has urged his staunch critics in the Methodist Church and former ruling party to back his plans for Fiji or there will be no elections. Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants the Church and Laisenia Qarase’s Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua, whose members comprise of Fiji’s dominant indigenous Fijian population, to support a People’s Charter.“I have said it over and over again, unless and until they come on board with the interim Government, elections will not happen,” Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told Fijilive.“I am the leader of this country and what I say goes so whether they like it or not elections isn’t going to happen next year.He said if the SDL party can convert their supporters to join the interim government than it would help a lot.“Like I’ve said if the churches and the SDL party start preaching good things to their disciples we will not have problems like this.“If you just stand on the sideline and start barking orders than that’s not good and claims by the SDL party and the Methodist church that they have managed to secure 80 percent of indigenous Fijian support is something to be seen.“They are full of rubbish and have to get their facts right because they only have a handful of support.”Bainimarama warned that the military will not tolerate any coalition between the Methodist Church and certain political parties “to hinder the interim Government’s plan for a better future for this country”. Commodore Bainimarama said elections will be held sooner if all people come together and endorse the Charter, which will plot a way forward for Fiji.

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