6 Jun 2006

Fiji lawyer urges MPs to work together for the good of the country

10:41 am on 6 June 2006

A prominent Fiji constitutional lawyer has urged members of the new parliament to put the national interest first and make the multi-party cabinet work.

The Daily Post quotes Jon Apted as saying it can be made to work if MPs are patient and humble and put the people of Fiji at the forefront.

But Mr Apted says the times ahead may not be easy given the Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry's stance that his backbenchers are in opposition.

Mr Apted says he does not think Labour is in opposition, but it remains to be seen whether Mr Chaudhry and Labour are able to treat themselves as the opposition and vote against bills which come out of a cabinet which includes their ministers.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says everyone in Fiji wants the multi-party cabinet to work and he will do his best to make it a success.