29 Jul 2008

Concerns over Chaudhry dynamic in Fiji interim cabinet

8:30 pm on 29 July 2008

Tensions within Fiji's interim Cabinet are raising questions of how effectively it can do its work.

The interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, has been at the centre of a number of controversies; earlier this month he was in dispute with bus operators and most recently with the bottled water industry over plans to impose a signficant tax.

That issue was resolved after the interim Prime Minister stepped in and asked the interim Attorney General to hold discussions.

But a political analyst at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Steve Ratuva, says many parties would like to see the interim Finance Minister sacked:

"The multi layer, multi level power struggle and also relationships within Cabinet at this point in time, although it was put in place with a mandate by the President to move the country forward. It has been doing a lot of good things, at the same time there is concern that the tension within Cabinet, the differences within Cabinet may not be sustainable."

Political analyst at the USP, Steve Ratuva