7 Jun 2011

Deposed Fiji minister calls on interim leader Bainimarama to resign

3:35 pm on 7 June 2011

A minister in Fiji's deposed government has written to the interim Prime Minister calling for his immediate resignation.

Rajesh Singh, who is now in New Zealand, was the minister of youth and sports in the government ousted in the 2006 coup.

He says the 2009 Court of Appeal ruling made it clear the regime is illegal.

Mr Singh says Commodore Frank Bainimarama's government promised accountability, transparency and good governance, but has failed miserably.

"Even the court of appeal has made that ruling. And if you look at previous cases, in Chandrika Prasad's case, in 2000, when George Speight's coup happened, the same rule was given by the current [Chief Justice] Anthony Gates. And Chaudhry won his case, and then we had a re-election in 2001. So why Can't Commodore Bainimarama follow the same procedure? The court of appeal had made the ruling, for him to step down. He should step down and let the elected government take its course."

Rajesh Singh says people outside Fiji, and the other Pacific Islands Forum governments, need to stand up and talk, as the people in Fiji can't because of the Public Emergency Regulations.