Saturday, April 11, 2009

People want elections before 2014: Qarase

People want elections before 2014: Qarase
11/04/2009
Deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has urged newly appointed Caretaker Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to ensure the general elections happened before 2014.Qarase, who only two days ago was overjoyed at the Fiji Court of Appeal decision that deemed the interim Government illegal, today expressed disappointment over the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution and appointment of the caretaker government Cabinet.“First of all, let’s say that the abrogation of the constitution is illegal, the ruling the Chandrika Prasad case shows that it is. Two wrongs do not make it right. The appointment of the caretaker government is illegal,” Qarase said.He said: “The men and women who will be taking up the Cabinet postings in this government will sooner or later have to answer to the court of law”.“I have a plea to the make to the new government and that is to ensure that elections happen before 2014. That is what the people want.”Early this morning, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as the caretaker Prime Minister by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

Caretaker PM reappoints interim Ministers
11/04/2009

Fiji's newly appointed caretaker Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has appointed nine of his interim Ministers that served in his military-led administration to the same portfolios in the Caretaker Cabinet.Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will continue as caretaker Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Electoral Reform, Public Enterprise and Anti-Corruption.Former iterim Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Ratu Epeli Ganilau also remains in the same portfolio.Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will now be Fiji's caretaker Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Provincial Development and Multi Ethnic Affairs Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.They were sworn in by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo at the Government House a short while ago.Also sworn in as caretakers Ministers include:- Netani Sukanaivalu as Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources; - Joketani Cokanasiga as Minister for Primary Industries; - Dr Jiko Luveni as Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Monitoring; - Filipe Bole as Minsiter for Education, National Heritage, Youth and Sports;- Timoci Natuva as Minsiter for Works, Transport and Public Utilities; and- Neil sharma as Minister for Health.

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