26 Apr 2006

Former Fiji opposition leader willing to become Prime Minister

11:59 am on 26 April 2006

The leader of Fiji's United People's Party, Mick Beddoes, says he would be willing to take up the position of prime minister if his coalition partners win the general election and endorse him for the job.

The UPP is in coalition with the Fiji Labour Party and the Party of National Unity, PANU.

Mr Beddoes has told Radio Legend's Hindi Language sister station that he would be prepared to take up the position of prime minister provided it is offered to him by the coalition.

Mr Beddoes previously filled the position of opposition leader when the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, would not take it up because he was waiting to be invited by the prime minister to join a multi-party cabinet with the SDL.

When Mr Chaudhry rejected the token portfolios offered, he took up the opposition leader's position.