4 Aug 2008

Little support likely for immediate recall of Fiji Parliament - Mick Beddoes

7:22 pm on 4 August 2008

Fiji's ousted opposition leader says the only way forward for the country is through political dialogue and he says an immediate recall of Parliament is not likely.

Mick Beddoes is responding to a call by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives who says the president did not dissolve parliament after the December 2006 coup and he should recall it now.

This comes as the people's charter, which could lead to constitutional changes, is expected to be published this week and a presidential forum, supported by the Commonwealth, is to have its first sitting this month.

Mr Beddoes says it's unrealistic to expect the interim regime would now recall parliament.

"With respect to the speaker, I don't disagree that that's one of the options, but we haven't even got to the dialogue process. Until the dialogue has concluded, I don't see how anyone, certainly not from the military junta's point of view, how they would agree."

Mick Beddoes says once they've had real dialogue, recalling parliament is one of the options to move the country forward.