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Bainimarama has destroyed talks: Qarase

April 9, 2009

Bloggers, it seems to me the pig, Vore is getting back at Qarase for continuing to challenge his usurped authority. How stupid can he be if he expects the majority of the people of Fiji will just fall at his feet and do his bidding? The rationale of McKoy QC not to disturb the status quo because it will create chaos in Fiji is bewildering! How can anyone with some moral fibre make these kinds of statements? SWM wishes to ask McKoy, is he saying that the means is not important, only the ends? SWM asks for the real McKoy to stand up and be counted and not stoop and degrade yourself in the eyes of the people of Fiji. These innocent people need the courts to uphold justice and the rule of law, otherwise we are condemned to repeat the coup culture, time and time again. SWM asks the Fiji Court of Appeal to declare what President Iloilo did was illegal and Vore committed treason, when he couped the lawful Qarase Government in December 2006 – let the truth regin, let the truth reign and righteousness and transparency be resurrected in Fiji today!

 
09/04/2009


Ousted Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has accused interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama of making a mockery and a farce of the discussions intended to pave the way for a solution to Fiji’s political and constitutional crisis.

Qarase said the exclusion of four political parties, including his own, from today’s all-important political leaders’ dialogue forum was the “worst decision ever” by the interim government.

Speaking at a press conference after the forum went ahead without the former PM’s Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party, the National Federation Party, United People’s Party and the National Vanua Tako Lavo Party, Qarase denied the parties had only their political survival in mind.

He questioned the credibility of the dialogue forum, saying the four parties represented the majority of Fiji’s voters and could not be left out.

“As a result of what he (Bainimarama) has done, he is left with a collection of parties who failed to win seats in the last election or did not contest it because they lacked support,” Qarase told reporters.

“This means the discussion he is chairing has no credibility.”

“All our support comprises well over 50 per cent of the population, according to the 2006 poll, and that support is still there.”

Qarase added the exclusion of the parties had put in doubt the dialogue which is supposed to take place with the assistance of the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

Opening the third round of the political leaders’ dialogue at the Police Academy in Nasova this morning, Bainimarama told the 22 political representatives present at the meeting that the four parties were given pre-conditions to attend today’s meeting and their exclusion was a result of their failure to comply.

“I do not have the luxury of time to wait for them to come on board. They have been given enough time. We have to move forward,” Bainimarama said.

United Peoples Party leader Mick Beddoes told the press conference the leaders of the excluded parties would remain vocal critics of the interim government despite being labeled agents of “gloom and doom” working against the good of the people.

“We will not be gagged,” Beddoes said.

Fijilive

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:05 AM

    RFN is saying that Mr Q has won the appeal.

    Is this true?

    If so allaleuah!

  2. OjO permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:18 AM

    Fiji’s Court of Appeal has declared that the removal of Laisenia Qarase and his ministers from government in a military takeover in December 2006 was unlawful, and has ruled it lawful for the President to appoint a caretaker Prime Minister to issue a writs for general elections.

    However, it has ruled against the argument by Qarase’s lawyers that he be reinstated and that he advise the President to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections, given the length of time since Qarase’s removal.

    Instead, the three judges have ruled that the President appoint an independent person as caretaker Prime Minister, who would then advise President to dissolve parliament and make way for elections.

    The court has made the decision on the basis that if the President’s powers of prerogative did exist after Fiji became independent, they did not exist after the 1997 Constitution came into effect.

    The issue of the President’s powers of prerogative, through which the interim administration was appointed, has been the crux of the appeal brought by Qarase against a High Court ruling last year that validated the President’s actions and his appointment of the interim government.

    The court has granted Solicitor-General Christopher Pryde leave to appeal the judgment.

    After the court handed down the decision, Pryde asked that a stay be granted on the decision, given the seriousness of the case.

    However, the judges ruled it was not an appropriate case to grant a stay.

    Fijilive

  3. Ropate permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:19 AM

    Yes, seems so. Lets await Frank’s reaction. I already posted his comments on Bula FM yesterday that no one — repeat, no one — will force the IG into an election. It might be premature to celebrate. Nevertheless, a major upheavel wil occur in the camp I predict. Some heads may soon fall

  4. meme permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:22 AM

    Good news folks , let’s hope some progress can be made now despite Frank’s obstructionist attitude .

  5. Mark Manning permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:30 AM

    I hope Mr. Qarase doesn’t resign , but has the President now sack Frank as Commander .
    At the same time , I hope those disgruntled Police who have been forced to retire recently , now come forward and arrest all responsible in this latest treasonous act by Frank , Chaudhry , Teleni , and others .

  6. Frida permalink
    April 9, 2009 7:02 AM

    Wa..nana…vu – to the Court of Appeal outcome.

    Let us vote for Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi to be the caretaker Prime Minister with financial support from our neighbours, the UN and Commonwealth for an election date.

    What a wonderful way to walk into the holy weekend and glory be to GOD.

  7. meme permalink
    April 9, 2009 2:06 PM

    Yes i agree Frida….he will b the perfect one for the job!

  8. Cathy permalink
    April 23, 2009 6:04 AM

    All things work together for the Good of those who love God.

    Fiji- A small nation with a BIG mess! It is a fact!

    The secret is, Dont let the mess, mess you up, Let Go and Move on people!

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