30 Nov 2004

Fiji's Rabuka says he is not eligible for vacant vice-presidency

12:44 pm on 30 November 2004

The former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, says he is not likely to be considered for the vacant position of vice president.

Mr Rabuka says this is because he is still under police investigation for the November 2000 mutiny.

Radio Legend reports that Mr Rabuka gave the response in answer to a question on whether he would accept the vice presidency if offered.

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs made Mr Rabuka its only life member as a reward for staging his two military coups in 1987.

Meanwhile, President Iloilo is expected to meet with the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and the Great Council of Chiefs chairman, Ratu Ovini Bokini, to nominate a new vice president.

Former vice president Seniloli was forced to reign yesterday after the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, released him from prison when he had served just three months of his 4-year sentence for taking an illegal oath to become the usurper president during the coup.