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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 23)—Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry is not releasing any details on the nature of charges laid against the five senior party officials that tried to block his list of senate nominees.

Mr Chaudhry said it was an internal matter that would be handled by party officials during the national council meeting.

But Mr Chaudhry said no date had been set for the meeting that would determine the fate of the five - Minister of Environment Poseci Bune, Labour Minister Krishna Dutt, MPs Felix Anthony and Agni Deo Singh and former Senator, Atu Emberson-Bain.

He said he was confident that the party would overcome the situation.

"We have already experienced such situations in the past and I am confident that the party will survive," he said.

"The party went through a similar situation in 2001 but we managed to pull through and that's what the party is going to do again this time around.

Mr Chaudhry said the officials were given time until the end of the month to explain and defend themselves against the allegations before a date was set for the meeting.

Mr Chaudhry also expressed his disappointment towards the decision of the senior MPs to speak out in public.

He was in Ba yesterday attending a branch meeting where he reassured supporters that party solidarity remained strong despite the internal dispute over the past few weeks.

Numerous attempts to contact Mr Bune and Mr Datt yesterday were unsuccessful.

When contacted yesterday, Agni Deo Singh refused to comment . However, he confirmed receiving a letter from the party on Thursday outlining four charges against him.

July 24, 2006

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