9 Jun 2005

Fiji attorney general says he would not like a clash between executive and legislature over bill

4:16 pm on 9 June 2005

Fiji's attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, says the government does not wish to see the legislature and the executive clash over the Reconciliation and Unity Bill.

Radio Fiji reports that Mr Bale made the comment when asked if President Iloilo has the constitutional authority to veto the Bill if it is passed by parliament.

Mr Bale did not wish to respond when asked if this was an option the military, which strongly opposes the Bill, could take up with the president who is their commander in chief.

Mr Bale said he hopes there would never be a time when the head of state would go in a direction which is different from what parliament says the law should be.

When asked if the military is considering approaching the president to veto the Bill, the army spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, said they are still assessing the situation.