15 Jun 2006

Fiji leader acknowledges cabinet woes

1:23 pm on 15 June 2006

A key figure in the Fiji government has admitted that the newly-formed multi party cabinet is struggling to survive.

The Attorney General, Qorinasi Bale, made the comment amid reports that elements in the Fiji Labour Party want to break up the power sharing arrangement between Labour and the ruling SDL party.

Some senior FLP members have expressed concern over this development, which is likely to surface at Labour's national council meeting involving representatives of the National Farmers Union, the powerbase of the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Bale says that dialogue between Labour and the SDL is what's needed now.

"We have a multi-party cabinet now that is trying very hard to survive all these kind of side issues that are emerging. I think one of the fundamental rules we should try to respect is to talk amongst ourselves instead of letting the media do the talking for us."

Mr Bale says that the SDL-led government is doing everything it can to try and make the multi-party cabinet work.