8 Apr 2004

Fiji government's days are numbered, says Rabuka

9:20 am on 8 April 2004

The former Fiji Prime Minister and 1987 coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, says the Laisenia Qarase-led government is running out of time and will not last.

Mr Rabuka has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that the people are fed up of living in a divided society led by those who perpetuate factionalism and racism.

Mr Rabuka says the parties in parliament are so racially polarised that the moderates of the country cannot have a voice in the affairs of governance unless they band together and form an alternative to extremism and racism.

Mr Rabuka, who is trying to form a grouping of moderates to be known as the Fiji Multiracial Alliance, says the concept would lead to fewer competing parties.

He has also criticised the government's blueprint and affirmative action programmes for indigenous Fijians for going only part of the way.

Mr Rabuka says affirmative action programmes should include other disadvantaged groups in society as envisaged in the 1997 constitution.