Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Qarase arrives to warm welcome - Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Laisenia Qarase at the Nadi International Airport last night
OUSTED Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase arrived home last night after being entertained to four dinner parties by SDL supporters and those who want Fiji to return to democracy in Australia.

At the Nadi International Airport to welcome him were former Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) minister Solomone Naivalu and his wife, Daily Post general manager Mesake Koroi and Ratu Meli Saukuru.

He was later treated to a traditional welcome ceremony at the Namaka Methodist Hall. Speaking to the media at Nadi he said there were dinner parties organised in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne where supporters gave donations.

He said most of the people at the parties told him they were not happy that their place of birth was being controlled by an unelected government and they would like to see an election as soon as possible so the country could return to democratic rule.

He said the response from the Fijian community in Australia was overwhelming and it was a very fruitful visit for him and his wife as they spent the past 18 days with their children and grandchildren.

When asked if he felt the interim administration would come after him, after making political statements against the Interim Government in Australia he said: "I don't think so they have more important things to worry about."

Qarase had been given leave by the Suva Magistrate Court about two weeks ago to visit family members and grandchildren in Australia.

It was his first trip abroad since his Government was overthrown in 2006.

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