5 Jun 2006

Chaudhry refuses to vacate Fiji opposition leader's office

7:09 pm on 5 June 2006

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, is refusing to vacate the opposition leader's parliamentary office even though he no longer holds the position.

The United People's Party leader, Mick Beddoes, who has one other fellow MP in parliament, is the new opposition leader because Labour is part of the multi-party government.

Radio Legend quotes Mr Chaudhry as saying he will continue to use the opposition leader's office in parliament because he has the numbers.

Mr Chaudhry says he has 31 members in parliament and must have the facilities for them.

Mr Chaudhry says he does not understand what the fuss is about.

Earlier in the day, Mr Chaudhry had vacated the opposition leader's chair in parliament to make way for Mr Beddoes.