PAYMENT TO OUSTED FIJI GOVERNMENT MEMBERS STOPS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Fiji’s interim administration has stopped paying elected members of ousted Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry’s People’s Coalition Government Cabinet.

Radio Fiji reported that payments to all former Member of Parliament – deposed as a result of the May 19 coup -- were stopped at the end of last month, in line with a deal struck with a number of parliamentarians.

However, some MPs, including members of Mr. Chaudhry’s cabinet, refused to sign the agreement, and have demanded continued pay as the legal government.

The Public Service Commission also has ordered former ministers out of government quarters they continue to occupy.

But a number of them, including Mr. Chaudhry’s deputy Dr. Tupeni Baba, have refused to move.

The matter is now before the courts.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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