FIJI’S RABUKA WANTS QUEEN HEAD OF STATE

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SUVA, Fiji (January 1, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka wants the Queen to be Fiji's head of state, not the President, who currently is Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

In his New Year's message to the nation, Rabuka said that he would dedicate himself in 1998 to examining ways and means for the South Pacific nation to return to the constitutional monarchy that existed before the coups of 1987, and the establishment of a republic.

The Prime Minister said the Great Council of Fijian Chiefs, the supreme body on indigenous Fijian matters, would need to approve the proposal to make the Queen Fiji’s head of state.

The matter is at the top of the agenda for the Council’s first 1998 meeting in February.

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