16 Nov 2016

Fiji's NFP says government should lift MPs' suspensions

From , 4:03 pm on 16 November 2016

The deputy leader of the opposition says Fiji should not be a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, or IPU, if the government does not abide by its recommendations to lift the suspensions of two MPs.

Ratu Isoa Tikoca was suspended from parliament in September over statements that targeted Muslims, while Tupou Draunidalo was suspended in June for calling a government minister a fool.

The Geneva based IPU says the comments fell within the oppositon MPs' rights to free speech and their suspensions have no legal basis.

The leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, told Ben Robinson Drawbridge that if Fiji is to remain a member of the IPU the government must adhere to its standards.

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Photo: Fiji Parliament