6 Dec 2004

Call to abolish Fiji vice-presidency from prominent indigenous businessman

8:03 pm on 6 December 2004

One of Fiji's most prominent indigenous businessmen has called for the abolition of position of vice president.

The Fiji Sun reports that call has come from Radike Qereqeretabua, the long time managing director of the Shangri-La chain of hotels in Fiji.

Mr Qereqeretabua says the abolition would eliminate the potentially dangerous confederacy and provincial rivalries that could further fragment indigenous Fijians and their chiefly structure.

Abolishing the vice presidency would also eliminate the real and obvious threat of instability that could arise if the military disagrees with the appointment.

In letters to the prime minister and the Great Council of Chiefs, Mr Qereqeretabua says risks are being taken to protect a non-executive post which is a useless aberration.

He says Fiji has a most capable Speaker of the House of Representatives who could act as the president when required.

Mr Qereqeretabua says eliminating the vice presidency would also save much needed funds.