DISSOLUTION OF FIJI PARLIAMENT IS THIRD COUP: ADI KUINI SPEED

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 20, 2001 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Former Co-Deputy Prime Minister Adi Kuini Speed yesterday described the dissolution of Parliament as Fiji's third coup in less than a year.

In a statement, Adi Kuini claimed "every clearly available opportunity to return Fiji to genuine constitutional democracy has been intentionally ignored."

"While pretending to work within it, Mr. (Laisenia) Qarase and his re-appointed, but unelected interim government have actually broken their promise to the Fiji Court of Appeal that they would abide by its decision."

She said President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, by not following the decision of the court in upholding the 1997 Constitution, has illegally exceeded his constitutional authority.

Adi Kuini said the prospect of an election in August cannot justify the repeated subversion of the 1997 Constitution.

The Fijian Association Party leader said, "These unconstitutional actions have intensified the climate of uncertainty, confusion and despair."

She added: "The reality is that there can be no peace or stability in Fiji until we abide by the rule of law, and our leaders respect and follow the law.

"The alternative is continuing civil disorder."

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