29 Apr 2002

Fiji Labour opposition ready to join government

3:17 pm on 29 April 2002

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he is ready to work with the ruling SDL government following a court order that Labour is constitutionally entitled to be part of the cabinet.

Mr Chaudhry told the Daily Post that it would be naive to believe there will be complete agreement on all policy issues within a multi-party government.

He says that does not happen even in a coalition.

But Mr Chaudhry says there are ways in which such differences can be resolved.

In Fiji's case the Korolevu Declaration of 1998, which was signed by all political parties at the time, provides for mechanisms to reconcile differences over policy matters.

Mr Chaudhry says in any case the Labour Party is capable of better governance than what the SDL has demonstrated so far.

He says Labour wants a corruption free government, but the SDL administration is infested at all levels with rampant corruption, abuse of office and mismanagement.