FIJI PM QARASE EXCLUDES LABOUR PARTY FROM CABINET

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By Deborah Mauinatu Wansolwara Online (USP)

SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 12, 2001 – Wansolwara Online/Pasifik Nius)---Fiji's new Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase today included two ultra-nationalist Conservative Alliance members and two independent members in his 26-member Cabinet.

They were sworn in by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, at Government House in a ceremony shown live on Fiji Television.

Eight assistant ministers also were included in Qarase's new Cabinet. But Qarase did not include any Fiji Labour Party members.

Qarase said FLP would not contribute to settling things in Fiji. He also said that because FLP and SDL had different ideologies it was highly unlikely that the two parties could work together.

"All parties have to accept SDL's manifesto," said Qarase.

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry was reportedly preparing a statement in reply to Qarase's decision to exclude FLP members from his new Cabinet.

Media reports said the Fiji Labour Party was not aware of the planned ceremony to swear in the new Cabinet and last night Chaudhry said he had not heard from Qarase.

Title -- 3419 POLITICS: Qarase includes two 'ultras', excludes Labour in cabinet Date -- 12 September 2001 Byline – Deborah Mauinatu Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Wansolwara Online, 12/9/01 Copyright -- USP Journalism Status -- Unabridged

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FIJI PRIME MINISTER QARASE'S TENTATIVE NEW CABINET

SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 12, 2001 – Daily Post/FijiLive)---The Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua will have its new Cabinet line-up sworn in at Government House this morning.

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is understood to have made his selection from the SDL party, the Conservative Alliance party as well as the moderate parties. Sources say the lineup could be expanded.

The following are understood to be some of the new ministers and their portfolios.

The unconfirmed Assistant Ministers are as follows:

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

For additional reports from FijiLive, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/FijiLive.

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