7 May 2009

NZ opposition leader fears deterioration in Fiji

7:11 pm on 7 May 2009

Predictions of a deteriorating situation in Fiji have been made by New Zealand's opposition Labour leader, Phil Goff.

Mr Goff is a former Foreign Minister who was in power when the military ousted Fiji's elected government in 2006.

He says the on going lack of a judiciary, and other checks and balances in Fiji, means the interim regime is likely to be pushed towards stronger measures in order to maintain its hold on power:

"When you seize power by force you have to use increasing amounts of force and increasingly deprive people of more and more of their human rights in order to sustain yourself in power. That is the path the military regime has put Fiji on."

New Zealand's Labour leader, Phil Goff.