DISAGREEMENT OVER FIJI ELECTION DATE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 18, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---Fiji's Labor and Vanua Takolavu political parties are opposed to the April 24, 1999 general election date announced by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka last week.

Labor leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Rabuka's date for the first national election under Fiji's new constitution extends the Prime Minister's term in office beyond the maximum five years allowed.

Under the constitution, Rabuka must call an election by May 9, but his government's term in office ends on March 14.

Vanua Takolavo party member Kavekini Navuso said the official election date may change yet again.

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