30 Mar 2015

Fiji's NFP on zero parliamentary funding

7:32 am on 30 March 2015

Fiji's opposition National Federation Party says it's operating with zero parliamentary funding in protest at what its leader calls political interference by the Attorney General.

Biman Prasad says the Secretary General originally offered US$37,000 for staff and other requirements after the election last year, but that was suddenly dropped to $22,000 with no explanation.

Mr Prasad says the drop followed a letter by the attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, on Christmas Eve.

He says the reduction means four staff have lost their jobs, but the party is refusing to take the reduced amount as a matter of principal.

"What we are saying is that the secretary general is now denying that the attorney general interfered, the attorney general has denied that and if that is the case then we are calling on the secretary general to restore the original allocation because that was the allocation that she agreed independently based on our submission to her."

Fiji's Members of Parliament

Fiji's MPs on steps of Parliament, Suva Photo: Fiji Department of Information

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