FIJI’S METHODIST CHURCH OPPOSES MULTI-PARTY CABINET

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FIJI’S METHODIST CHURCH OPPOSES MULTI-PARTY CABINET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 1) - Fiji’s powerful
Methodist Church has expressed strong opposition to the inclusion of the Labour
Party in a multi party Cabinet.

The Sunday Post quoted the church’s General Secretary,
Reverend Jione Langi, as saying such a Cabinet would be chaotic because the
ruling SDL party and Labour couldn’t work together.

His comments came after the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase,
named 14 Labour MPs to be part of an expanded 36 member Cabinet.

He said he left out the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry,
because he could not be trusted.

Langi says Fiji has come a long way since the political upheaval
of the coup and the church did not want this restoration process disturbed in
any way.

Qarase gave the Labour MPs named to the Cabinet until September
10 to accept their portfolios.

But Chaudhry says they will wait for the outcome of the Supreme
Court ruling on Labour’s claims to be entitled to 17 seats.

September 1, 2003

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