4 Nov 2009

Fiji's SDL labels expulsion of diplomats naive

11:29 am on 4 November 2009

A spokesperson for the ousted governing party in Fiji says Commodore Bainimarama's decision to send home New Zealand and Australia's top diplomats in Suva is immature and naive.

The leader of the SDL party who was deposed as Prime Minister in the 2006 coup, Laisenia Qarase, says he is unable to comment because of the public emergency regulations.

But Peceli Kinivuwai, the party's general secretary, has dismissed Commodore Bainimarama's claims New Zealand and Australia are trying to undermine Fiji's judiciary by imposing travel restrictions on judges.

"I think he is the last person to say that. He is the one who has actually controlled the judiciary of this country by his actual abrogation of the constitution, his actual removal of the democratically-elected government and his removal of parliament. He is the one who is authorising the appointments of the judiciary."

Peceli Kinivuwai says it is the people of Fiji who will suffer from the interim Prime Minister's decision.