QARASE RULES OUT SPECIAL FIJI ELECTION

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 5) - Fiji’s prime minister
has dismissed suggestions that he may hold a special election if the Supreme
Court case on the multi-party cabinet later this month goes against the
government.

The suggestion came from former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
who is revamping his Fijian Political Party, the SVT, in preparation for an
election.

But Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase told Radio Fiji’s Fijian
language program that the coalition government between his SDL party and the
Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua is strong and there is no reason for an
election.

Qarase said the coalition has the numbers to govern comfortably.

He noted the 2001 election cost US$8 million and the next one
could cost up to $10 million.

Qarase said the country couldn’t afford such an expense.

He said his government is prepared to invite the Labor Party to
join the cabinet if the Supreme Court case is in its favor.

June 5, 2003

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

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