24 Jun 2008

Further uncertainty over Fiji election as commander fights corruption

1:53 pm on 24 June 2008

Fiji's interim prime minister and military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has again cast doubt over the likely date for a general election.

Fijilive reports that addressing soldiers in Fijian at a parade at Albert Park in Suva this morning, Commodore Bainimarama said a general election would only be confirmed once the purpose of the clean-up campaign to completely eradicate corruption is achieved.

Commodore Bainimarama says some politicians are trying to dictate when the election should be held.

There had been an expectation that polls would be held in March.

But he says there is still a lot of work in terms of electoral reforms and pending investigations that need to be completed before an election can take place.

He says comments by some politicians that an election will be solution to all Fiji's problems is only a political view.

A court case alleging corrupt practices by the deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is adjourned until late August.

However, a investigation into the interim finance minister Mahendra Chaudhry's tax affairs cleared him of any wrongdoing.