9 Mar 2006

Widespread welcome for re-election of Fiji president

10:15 am on 9 March 2006

The reappointment of Fiji's President Iloilo and Vice President Madraiwiwi has been welcomed through much of the country.

The military has described the decision of the Great Council of Chiefs as good news for the people of Fiji.

The forces had made a strong stand against any chiefs involved in the coup, or convicted of coup related offences, from being appointed to the two offices.

Radio Fiji quotes the Citizens Constitutional Forum as saying the reappointments are good at a time of continuing unease with the country's political leadership.

Its executive director, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says many people in Fiji draw great strength from the formidable partnership of President Iloilo and Vice President Madraiwiwi.

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the re-appointments are a sign that the Great Council of Chiefs place the country's long term stability ahead of sectional and extremist agendas.

The general secretary of the National Federation Party, Pramod Rae, says the Great Council has once again demonstrated its wisdom in maintaining continuity in the high offices and has left the people very relieved.

The next election of the president and vice president is scheduled for 2011.