31 Oct 2002

Rabuka says amend constitution on multi-party government

3:38 pm on 31 October 2002

Fiji's former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka says the only way out of the impasse on a multi-party cabinet is to amend the 1997 Constitution.

Mr Rabuka has told the Fiji Sun newspaper it now seems that the ruling SDL and the Labour Party cannot work together.

He says prime minister, Laisenia Qarase and his current coalition partners had reached a prior agreement that they would work according to the SDL manifesto.

The Labour party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has time and again criticised government policy while at the same time fighting to be part of the mult-party cabinet.

Mr Rabuka says with all the verbal attacks between the two political parties, the multi-party concept would not work.

He says in the interest of the country, the two leaders should sit down and discuss the best option forward which would be to amend the constitutuional provisions for a multi-party cabinet.

It was Mr Rabuka who as prime minister brought in the 1997 Constitution, and formed a coalition with the National Federation Party to form a multi-party government if they won the 1999 general election.