30 May 2005

Opposition leader in Fiji calls for Prime Minister to resign over racial politics

4:11 pm on 30 May 2005

Fiji's opposition leader has called on the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, to resign for pushing a nationalist line for narrow political interests and perpetuating racial politics.

The Daily Post quotes Mahendra Chaudhry as saying Mr Qarase has no idea how to lead a multi-racial nation and is obstinately bent on pushing the Reconciliation and Unity Bill through parliament.

Mr Chaudhry says Mr Qarase seems to be pushing a misguided nationalist line that demands indigenous unity and the advancement of indigenous interests to the exclusion and often detriment of all other communities.

But Mr Qarase says he will see the Bill through parliament and not resign.

Mr Qarase has called on the police to investigate Mr Chaudhry for "his attempt to subvert the policies and activities of a constitutionally elected government, one of which is the Reconciliation and Unity Bill."

Mr Qarase says Mr Chaudhry is "orchestrating a network of those opposing the Bill, which amounts to subversive action which is illegal."