19 May 2010

Fiji's ousted opposition leader challenges regime to stand in 2014 elections

3:22 pm on 19 May 2010

Fiji's ousted opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has challenged the interim regime to stand in elections.

The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has said he wants a new generation of politicians to stand in the elections promised for 2014.

Mr Beddoes says people may not want to stand because they can see the political reality that there has been a coup every five years.

"I'm assuming I'm one of the people that he would rather not see get elected to the House. For me there is a very simple way to sort it out. He can assign someone to stand against me or he might want to stand against me. Or he might want to form a party and go to the polls because it's not my decision, it's not the politicians' decision. It's the people's decision."

Mick Beddoes