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Chaudhry resigns from Fiji cabinet

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 18, 2008) - Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will now act as the new Finance Minister.

He replaces Mahendra Chaudhry who has stepped down to prepare for the general elections.

Bainimarama will now also be responsible for National Planning. The announcement was made at a press conference moments ago.

Bainimarama said despite his additional portfolio, the national budget will be delivered on time and as scheduled.

By convention, Fiji’s budget has always been announced on the first Friday of November each year.

Filipe Bole who is interim Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts and Youth and Sports, will now take up the Industrial Relations and Local Government portfolios.

Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will now take on Commerce and Tourism while Timoci Natuva, who is Minister for Works and Transport, will now take on Utilities.

Interim Minister for Primary Industries Joketani Cokanasiga will now take on sugar.

The Cabinet reshuffle has just been announced following the resignation of Mahendra Chaudhry as interim Finance Minister, Tom Ricketts as Tourism and Commerce Minister and Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi as Local Government Minister.

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