FIJI LABOUR PARTY TO DISCUSS DISSENTERS AT MEETING

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 31) – The Fiji Labor Party's 31 parliamentarians are holding their first meeting since the public spat involving five party executives and its leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

The five management board members are facing disciplinary action by the party's national council and were given until today to respond to the allegations against them.

The FLP Caucus meeting in the Parliament complex should decide the next step in proceedings against the members, according to Party president Senator Jokapeci Koroi.

Chaudhry had said in a statement that the FLP National Council was to hear the case of the dissident group early next month.

The group had sought an audience with Chaudhry in a management board meeting to iron out the apparent split in the party but to no avail.

The members involved are Krishna Datt, Environment Minister Poseci Bune, Felix Anthony, Agni Deo Singh and Dr Atu Emberson-Bain.

Koroi claims they had "breached party rules and brought disrepute to the party" by publicly challenging Chaudhry's list of Senate nominees he submitted to the Fiji President last June.

Despite facing expulsion from the party, the group said they will not leave the party they helped create.

[PIR editor’s note: according to PIR archives, this "rebel" faction’s main argument criticizes Chaudhry's leadership style as undemocratic.]

August 1, 2006

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