21 May 2002

Fiji PM says God makes and breaks governments

7:29 am on 21 May 2002

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he believes God ended the term of the Labour coalition government in the May 2000 coup.

The Fiji Sun reports that Mr Qarase made the comment in parliament last night during the debate on a Labour motion calling for a judicial inquiry into the 13 million US dollar agriculture scam.

Mr Qarase said the events of May 2000 happened because God wanted to terminate that government.

Mr Qarase said his SDL was in power because of God's will.

He said the same thing would happen to his government if it doesn't follow God's will.

He rejected Labour Party allegations that his administration implemented the agriculture ministry scam to buy votes.

But Labour MP, Ganesh Chand, criticised the constant invocation of the Bible to defend corruption, saying no religion would condone the abuse of public funds.

Dr Chand said this was tantamount to blasphemy.