1 May 2002

Fiji Labour party sceptical that government will accept court ruling

4:09 pm on 1 May 2002

The leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, is sceptical that the government will ever accept any court ruling that it must include the party in cabinet.

This follows the attorney general's statement that the government has filed an intention to ask the Appeal Court to review its decision that Labour must be represented.

According to the constitution, any party that wins more than 10 percent of the vote, must be included in the cabinet.

Mr Chaudhry says the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has made it clear he doesn't want to work with the Labour Party.

"He just wants to keep us out, and the longer he can do that the better it is for them."

But I think it is really doing great harm to the country be3cause there is no stability - there is uncertainty. Mr Qarase has of course made it known that he would not want to work with the Labour Party, so I think that he's just sticking by what he has said, but at great cost to the nation.

Mr Chaudhry says the Labour Party believes the Appeal Court will reject the request and the case will go to the Supreme Court.