Thursday, March 04, 2010

All Eyes on who Gets the Nod for the Forum

Posted by Pacific in the Media, March 4, 2010

All eyes on who gets the nod for the Forum

One of the organisers of the 600,000 strong petition calling for elections says this year, says it's anyone's guess now who makes the invite list to the National Dialogue Forum.

The Forum was supposed to have been held last month but has been delayed as Fiji's interim government tries to weed out politicians from attending.

Suliasi Daunitutu, from the Fiji Democracy Movement in Australia, says everyone is waiting to see whose applications are approved, since the interim prime minister seems to be eliminating so many people.

"He doesn't want politicians or international brains at the dialogue or people with concerns, only those who support him, and now he's turning to children."

Daunititu's recent petition, of course, was what drove Bainimarama to vow that any members of the SDL, the Fiji Labor party and NFP, who'd been involved in the petition, would not be allowed to stand in the 2014 elections.

That's now cast more doubt on whether the election will even be held, with the likelihood of so many politicians boycotted.

Daunitutu told Coupfourpointfive it'll be interesting to see just who will get the nod for the talks, since Bainimarama is determined to lock out so many.

He says the military leader has boxed himself into a corner. "He has so many things to hide, which is why he's afraid to come to the table."

Daunitutu says the democracy movement's petition ratteld the Commodore, that's obvious from the military goons visit to the SDL Party offices last week, where people drinking grog were hauled off to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

"He was very angry that this military petition went under military intelligence."

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