ACTING FIJI PM DOUBTS VALIDITY OF MOVE TO BAR PM FROM GREAT COUNCIL OF CHIEFS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 21, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's Acting Prime Minister, Dr. Tupeni Baba, says he doubts whether it would be legal to prevent a non-indigenous Fijian prime minister from being a member of the Great Council of Chiefs.

The Great Council has agreed to discuss further a proposal to suspend that part of the constitution which makes the prime minister a member of the council automatically.

The move has come from chiefs opposed to having the current prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, an Indo-Fijian, a council member.

But Dr Baba said he doubts the move would be constitutional.

"As the chief executive of the country, it would be better for the prime minister to be present.

"The constitution does not allow any kind of discrimination and this would be seen to be like that," Dr. Baba said. "In principle, it would be in conflict with what we stand for in our constitution.

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