FIJI PRIME MINISTER RABUKA STATES NEED FOR EFFECTIVE OPPOSITION

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 27, 1999 - PACNEWS/INCL)---Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says although Fiji will have a multi-party cabinet system after the May general election, the country must continue to have an active, vigorous parliamentary opposition.

The Prime Minister stressed, however, that the opposition must also be loyal to the nation and constructive.

He was speaking at the closing of a two-day workshop for political leaders on the multi-party concept of government.

Rabuka said politicians must begin to trust one another if the multi-party cabinet system is to be successful, and a broad-based coalition cabinet must not lead to indecisiveness and instability in governance, he emphasized.

Rabuka cited problems experienced by Italy and India as examples of what happens when governments change frequently. On the other hand, the Prime Minister said in countries such as Singapore, stability in government has resulted in impressive economic growth and social development.

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