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SUVA, Fiji (February 17, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he welcomes a challenge in the 1999 general elections and the sooner secret opponents identify themselves the better it will be for Fiji, the Daily Post reports.

Rabuka was reacting to media reports of an alleged plot by a secret group to oust him as Prime Minister and reverse government legislative programs and policies.

The group, called "Cadra Mai," is opposed to Fiji's new Constitution and government's moves to deal with the Agricultural Landlords and Tenants Act (ALTA) through a joint Parliamentary committee, the Prime Minister noted.

The secret group also is opposed to what it considers government's liberal multi-racial policies.

Rabuka described the move as just politics, saying the Constitution is for the whole nation and not indigenous Fijians only.

In a joint statement Monday, the Vanua Tako Lavo Party and the Fijian Nationalist Party said the Cadra Mai group –allegedly including clergy and ranking police and military officials--agrees with their position on the new Constitution, which they see as anti-Fijian, pro-Indian and a sell-out of their interests.

They said if the Prime Minister really wants to test the true feelings of indigenous Fijians about the Constitution, then he should stand in a communal seat and not in an open seat in the next general elections.

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