Top of the morning bloggers!!! Well, our post on Friday said ‘SV wonders what the weekend will bring..’ which now is an understatement! Chodo and his 2 FLP members have jumped ship and are claiming to exit as they prepare for the General Elections. This is despite the fact they have been vocal opponents to holding elections next year.
One this that amazes me is they have forgotten their lies are easily noticeable and we have not forgotten what they did some 20 months ago, when it abandoned the Qarase led Multi-Party Government, which they had been a party to and were given substantial ministerial portfolios. Chodo right up until Qarase’s house arrest had sent envoys to him, assuring him, that he still had his support, whilst at the same time pltting his downfall!
He has thrown that all to the wind and it has come back and spashed all over him. Chodo and his 2 FLP men in the illegal regieme has lost all credibility in the eyes of people and SV supports the calls by Beddoes that all FLP appointees to Government, Statutory Bodies, etc are too resign forthwith. It will be interesting whether they do follow suit or are forced out because they now hold onto positions and derive benefits, which were not previously avaiable.
WE AT SV SAYS, CHODO & FLP – IN YOUR FACE!!!!!!!
By MERESEINI MARAU
Monday, August 18, 2008
INTERIM Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has exited from the interim Government to concentrate on his party affairs. Also out are interim Tourism Minister Tom Ricketts and interim Labour Minister Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi. This was decided at the Fiji Labour Party council meeting in Nadi yesterday.
Party President Jokapeci Koroi said the council decided its three ministers in the interim Government must disengage themselves from there now that the draft Peoples Charter was ready. Mr Chaudhry downplayed any claims that he was asked to step down by the interim Government. “There was no directive or anything at all in that regard, if they have any evidence they must produce it,” he said. “As far as we are concerned, this is a collective decision of the party. “I had hinted to the PM once the charter is ready we will step down.”
Mr Chaudhry said for the 18 months he was with the interim Government, his duties to the party had been neglected. “For us, the party comes first. For the past 18 months, we have been busy with our duties to the interim Government”, Mr Chaudhry said. “Now we have to prepare for the general election.” Mr Chaudhry said that they would write and inform interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today.
“I tried to call him on his phone but couldn’t so I left him a message there,” he said. Mr Vayehnoi and Mr Ricketts did not wish to say anything. Party president Jokapeci Koroi said it was in the best interest of the party that the three step down.
“It is to allow it to effectively engage with the population with respect to the draft charter as well as to prepare for the next general elections,” she said. The national council has therefore directed that the three FLP ministers holding Cabinet portfolios resign from the interim Government and advise the interim Prime Minister accordingly.
She said the party only joined the interim Government on the condition that executive authority was returend to the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, in order to assist in the process of returning Fiji to parliamentary democracy through general elections.
“An important consideration for the FLP becoming a part of the interim Government was to save Fiji from imminent financial and economic collapse, as well as to reform Fiji’s system of governance, rid it of corruption and racial discrimination and to promote national unity.”