10 Jan 2008

Former Fiji opposition leader doubts reshuffle benefits

6:32 am on 10 January 2008

Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says this week's cabinet reshuffle has left some ministers with little time in key portfolios.

Mr Beddoes says a smaller cabinet prompts ministers to spend less time on key tasks which he says means that the interim prime minister expects little in the way of improving service delivery.

He has told the Fiji Times that the tourism portfolio has been downgraded as the interim administration doesn't understand the industry.

Mr Beddoes says extra attention should be given to key areas such as tourism, agriculture, fisheries and sugar.