13 Feb 2014

Fiji government accuses Labour of lying about economy

2:26 pm on 13 February 2014

The Fiji government has accused the Labour Party of incessantly lying about the state of Fiji's economy.

Labour's leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, recently said the regime was handling the country's finances poorly and that Fiji's economy only ever did well under a Labour-led government in 1999.

But the attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has told FBC News that this is wrong because Labour only came to power in March 1999, when the economy was bouncing back from a cyclone the year before.

"Almost four months had passed. So you cannot necessarily claim total credit for what had actually happened. And you know, this is the kind of lack of integrity in the analysis that many of these politicians throw out in the public space. Absolutely no credibility, they just pick and choose which figures suit them."

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji has seen consistent growth over the past four years under the Bainimarma government.