Monday, November 17, 2008

Regime preaching false information: SDL

Regime preaching false information: SDL
Monday, November 17, 2008 - www.fijitimes.com

Update: 4:29PM The Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party claims the interim Government has been communicating false information to international leaders on Fijis current situation.

SDLs Party leader Laisenia Qarase was reacting to the statement of interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific nation leaders, informing them that everything was operating normally and business was booming in Fiji.

Mr Qarase said there are key aspects of life in Fiji that are far from normal.

"For example; there is no Parliament, the country is ruled by a military dictatorship, incidents of abuse of human rights by the authorities continue, cases of abuse of human rights have not been investigated, the independence of our Police Force and the Judiciary have been questioned, investigations on alleged murders by security forces personnel have been stalled, certain basic human freedoms have been severely constrained, unemployment and poverty levels have increased significantly and the return of parliamentary democracy to Fiji appears uncertain."

Mr Qarase said the statement that business was booming in Fiji is completely different from reality on the ground.

"Our economy remains in serious decline. The economy contracted by -6.6 per cent of GDP in 2007 and projections for the next four years indicate that the average annual economic growth rate would be well below 2 per cent of GDP," he said.

"At this rate there is simply no reason to say that business in Fiji is booming. On the contrary the Fiji economy is rather weak and there are no signs on the horizon for a "boom" any time soon."

According to the Party, the assurance given by Commodore Bainimarama in Brussels that things were operating normally and business is booming in Fiji was completely misleading and should never be said.

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