16 Apr 2009

Qarase to blame for Fiji's current situation, says Matanitu Vanua party

1:34 pm on 16 April 2009

Fiji's Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua party says the uncertainty facing the country is largely a result of the mismanagement of the country by the ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

The CAMV party supports the move by Fiji's President to abrogate the constitution, saying the need for electoral reform in Fiji is too important to be derailed by last week's Court of Appeal ruling.

The party's spokesman, Ropate Sivo, says the ruling was part of a relentless drive by Mr Qarase to become Prime Minister again at any cost.

Mr Sivo says the ousted Prime Minister blew his chance to bring about positive change when he was in power.

"Our country is in jeopardy now. This is what Qarase wanted, okay. He wanted to have assistance from Australia and New Zealand. So where we are now, someone has brought us to this time. If Qarase would have put the interests of the state first rather than his own personal interests then we wouldn't have come this far and Bainimarama wouldn't have thrown the constitution out of the window."

Ropate Sivo