10 Nov 2006

Fiji Labour Party not willing to get involved in stoush between military and government

6:14 pm on 10 November 2006

The Fiji Labour party says it's staying out of the protracted stoush between the military and the government.

The labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, made the comment following demands by the military commander this week for the government to remove those in its ranks who were involved in the 2000 coup.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama had earlier called for the resignation of the Prime Minister if he didn't withdraw legislation which could see coup convicts walk free.

The commander's now backed down, but says Laisenia Qarase must dump those in government tainted by the coup.

Mr Chaudhry says it's up to the two parties to resolve their differences.

"We don't want to take sides in this dispute, standoff between the military and the government, it's a matter between them, which they should resolve."

However he agreed with comments made by Commodore Bainimarama that corruption is widespread in the government.

He says corruption is rife at the political, bureaucratic and business level, and there is plenty of evidence of it in the Auditor General's report.