25 May 2010

Fiji's interim govt says it's extending an olive branch by restoring pensions

8:15 am on 25 May 2010

The interim government in Fiji says it's extending an olive branch by restoring the pensions of former politicians.

The government has revoked a decree it introduced last December, which gave it the power to stop the government pensions of those who criticised the interim regime or incited hatred.

The permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's office,

Pio Tikoduadua, says the pensions of more than 20 former ministers, MPs and members of the senate were cut under the decree.

He says those pensions were reinstated yesterday because the government is keen to move forward and work with its former critics.

"The people of Fiji at the beginning not everyone liked what was happening but since then a lot of things have happened and people have come around to realise why certain things have happened so this is where the common understanding is coming through. The government at this stage reckons its the best time now to reinstate their pension."

Pio Tikoduadua says the government wants to restore the pensions which the former politicians need for their sustenance.