14 Mar 2012

Fiji regime's abolition of Chiefs' council will have to be justified says former head

2:17 pm on 14 March 2012

A former chairperson of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs says the interim government's decision to abolish the body will have to be justified when the country again has a parliament.

The iTaukei Affairs Revocation Regulation was gazetted on Friday.

The council was suspended following the 2006 military coup and in 2008 new regulations governing it were introduced.

Sitiveni Rabuka, who led the 1987 military coup, says it may be that today's young people and those of the future no longer want the council but the decision to abolish it must be tested in parliament.

"All the decrees we made and I made between 1987 and the beginning of 1992 were subject to review by parliament. So everything that has happened now in the interim period of Bainimarama's rule will have to be subject to the will of the people that is parliament."

Sitiveni Rabuka says the Great Council of Chiefs has been a mainstay during times of instability.