12 Dec 2007

Fiji's ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, reiterates offer to resign

11:19 am on 12 December 2007

Fiji's ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has reiterated his offer to resign as the elected leader in talks with Sir Paul Reeves, a special envoy of the Commonwealth.

Mr Qarase told fijilive.com he suggested to Sir Paul, a co-architect of Fiji's constitution, some possible ways out of Fiji's current situation, which is similar to his proposal to Commodore Frank Bainimarama a few weeks ago.

In his proposal, which Mr Qarase considers to be the lawful option for the interim government, he says the interim Cabinet should resign and be replaced by a multi-party and multi-racial Cabinet, based on the current composition of parliament in accordance with the Constitution.

He says once the parliament has finished its business, which should take only a few days, he would tender his resignation and advice the President to dissolve parliament in a legal way.

Mr Qarase says a caretaker government would then be responsible for the basic business of the state until the end of elections in 2009.

The Prime Minister's Office confirms inviting Sir Paul to Fiji to get views from different people on what they want for Fiji.