15 Mar 2012

Fiji paramount chief suggests council's abolition may be over personal issues

7:40 pm on 15 March 2012

A Fiji paramount chief believes the interim prime minister's reasons for abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs may be personal.

Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, who is the paramount chief of Cakaudrove province and the Tovata confederacy, says it's sad that such an august institution has met its demise in such a way.

He says he and his chiefly colleagues will be pushing for its reinstatement.

"I feel that maybe the this decision is based on personal issues and if that is the case then why penalise the rest of us?"

Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu says he has some proposals for modernising the council that he intends to take to Commodore Bainimarama.