RABUKA TO FACE RE-ELECTION AS CHAIRMAN OF FIJI'S GREAT COUNCIL OF CHIEFS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 14, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Chairman of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, Sitiveni Rabuka, will have to resign from the position and then re-apply at this week's Council meeting.

Mr. Rabuka said the meeting in the capital, Suva, will also have to deal with harmonizing the 1997 Constitution and the Fijian Affairs Act.

The former Fiji Prime Minister said there are certain conflict areas which need clarifying and new elections by the chiefs will need to be held.

"My position will probably be discussed also, and I will await the resolution of the Council of Chiefs.

"They feel that I was not duly elected because of my (former) membership in the House of Representatives

"I will have to vacate (the office of chairman) and fresh elections taken. "(When) I'm out I will be available for nomination, and I'll leave it at that," Rabuka said.

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