1 May 2002

The Fiji government says the Labour Party leader, has broken a promise not to contest the validity o

4:47 am on 1 May 2002

The Fiji government has attacked Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, for reneging on a promise not to contest the validity of the appointment of the current cabinet ministers.

Radio Fiji says according to the government, Mr Chaudhry, through his overseas QC Gavin Griffiths, gave an undertaking to his state counterpart that he would withdraw his claim against the appointment of ministers in the Qarase government.

Lautoka High Court judge, Anthony Gates, also noted in his judgement on the composition of cabinet that Mr Chaudhry had reneged on his agreement with the state, made before the Court of Appel this year.

Justice Gates described the action as dishonourable and regrettable, and not something the courts would take lightly.

A government statement says that Mr Chaudhry and his party know very well that they don't need to join the SDL-led government as it will create further instability in the country.

The statement also notes that if the Supreme Court rules in favour of the FLP joining the government, the opposition membership in parliament will be reduced to just two.

Meanwhile, Mr Chaudhry has told Radio Fiji he did not enter into any agreement to withdraw his claim against the validity of the appointment of current ministers.