COUNCIL OF CHIEFS POISED TO OUST FIJI VICE PRESIDENT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 4) - The chairman of Fiji’s
Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says Vice President Ratu Jope
Seniloli will be replaced if he is found guilty of serious coup-related
offences.

Ratu Jope is to appear in court next week charged with sedition
and becoming the usurper president after the coup.

Ratu Epeli said he has spoken personally to Ratu Jope to say he
believes the vice-president should step down now.

The Council chairman said as that hasn’t happened, the body
will wait to see what the outcome of the court case is.

"The procedure is the GCC sits and appoints a new office
holder," he said. "For a serious offence like that, obviously that is
going to happen and the GCC is not going to let someone holding that office, and
is convicted, to remain in office."

Ratu Epeli also said that Bau High Chief Adi Litia Cakobau came
to see him today to deny reports that a proposed motion of no confidence had
been planned against him.

Adi Cakobau was the high chief that proposed at last week’s
meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs that those who carried out the coup and
the associated mutinies should be forgiven and pardoned.

June 5, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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