13 Aug 2004

Fiji PM calls for calm over Seniloli jailing

8:24 am on 13 August 2004

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has appealed for calm amid reports that some politicians want to use the jailing of vice president Seniloli to stir up anger among ordinary indigenous Fijians.

Mr Qarase has told Radio Legend that all legal processes are now being considered to determine what direction the government and the Great Council of Chiefs will take.

He's appealing for citizens to let the processes take their own course.

"There are options available to Ratu Jope, his lawyers and other interested parties. I would appeal to common sense to prevail and there is no reason to do something that might cause some disturbance in our country. That is the last thing our country needs."

Mr Qarase is expected to meet with the chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini, later today.

Meanwhile, the government MP and George Speight's brother, Samisoni Tikonisau, says his constituents are calling on the government to ensure that Seniloli is out of prison as soon as possible and remains the vice president.