1 Aug 2005

Fiji's National Federation Party warns government over Reconciliation Bill

8:42 am on 1 August 2005

Fiji's National Federation Party has warned the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, that if his government goes ahead with its Reconciliation and Unity Bill, it will not get any support from them in the future.

Speaking at the NFP's 40th annual convention at the weekend, the party general secretary, Pramod Rae, said it was the NFP's preference votes in the 2001 general election which put the SDL in power.

Mr Rae said Mr Qarase should not expect the same support if he railroads that he called "this evil Bill through parliament."

Mr Rae said the NFP does not oppose reconciliation, but it denounces any move to legalise the 2000 coup.

Meanwhile, the NFP has elected lawyer Raman Pratap Singh as its new president.

Mr Singh replaces Dor Sami Naidu who was forced to step down after being charged with sexual assault of an employee in his office.