28 Aug 2008

Samoa's PM rebukes Fiji interim leader

3:21 pm on 28 August 2008

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele, has branded the interim leader of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, childish for his excuses over why Fiji cannot hold elections by next March.

Tuilaepa has told Samoa media that he is of the opinion the Commodore just doesn't want to hold elections.

Tuilaepa is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum's Ministerial Contact Group which tried to convince the interim Government to hold a poll by March.

The Samoa Prime Minister says officials from his Government who were sent to help Fiji prepare for the vote found the Fiji office inactive with some of the staff having returned home to their families.

He says until three weeks ago nothing had been done and he believes that the Commodore has no intention of holding elections.

Tuilaepa also pointed out that the military dictatorship ensures that people cannot question the administration.

He says Fiji's government is not an inexperienced one, with the country having been independent for 38 years, but he says it is being led by an inexperienced person who is making foolish statements.