Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I’ll run the country the way I want: Fiji PM

I’ll run the country the way I want: Fiji PM - 08/10/2008

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says he will run the country the way he wants and no one is going to change that.His comment came in reaction to remarks by Suva lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry, the son of Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.Chaudhry said earlier that the interim PM had been given poor advice by certain Cabinet ministers over the past six months.“Whatever his comments are on people advising me or for the interim Government to carry out elections as soon as possible is only for us to know and how or when the country will hold its next election is up to me,” Bainimarama told Fijilive.“No matter what these people say I will run the country the way I like it – nothing is going to change.“I want this country to be a multiracial one where people’s freedom is not restricted and where people will live side by side without any segregation.“But unlike the SDL party and the Methodist Church their stand is firm and that is to segregate the people.”The PM said if Chaudhry wanted to side with such people he could go ahead.Bainimarama stressed that indigenous Fijians should stop worrying about feeling insecure in their country.“Nothing is going to change and everything under them will not be taken away,” he said.“We cannot take away their land, qoliqoli or even change their faith because all this is sacred to the indigenous Fijians.” He said Chaudhry Jnr should shut up and try to support the People’s Charter and the interim Government.“He (Chaudhry) should concentrate on his law practice and leave the responsibility of running the country to us because his contribution is not needed,” Bainimarama said.

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