26 Aug 2011

Fiji Citizens Constitutional Forum calls for change in Methodist leadership

12:37 pm on 26 August 2011

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji is calling for some Methodist Church leaders to stand down.

The interim government has banned all Methodist Church public meetings in an effort to stymie political discussion.

These restrictions follow the refusal of three church leaders to stand down ahead of the church's annual meeting, which the government cancelled this week - for the third consecutive year.

The CEO of the Citizens Constitutional Forum, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says there needs to be a change in the church hierarchy.

"The leaders who are under restrictions might think about taking a break - going on leave or do a sabbatical or do some studies or go overseas so that there is a space for the church to do some creative thinking. The leadership is under some fear that there might be a takeover by the military leadership."

The Reverend Yabaki says some leaders need to abandon their 1980s-thinking and stop siding with ethno-nationalist politics.