3 Jul 2006

Fiji Senate holds first meeting, no FLP Senators

3:21 pm on 3 July 2006

Fiji's new Senate held its first meeting this morning without the presence of any Labour Party senators.

This follows infighting in the Labour Party about who their senators should be.

The president, Josefa Iloilo, held back the appointment of senators nominated by Labour party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, after his leadership came under question by a faction comprising 5 out of the 9 members of the party's management board.

The faction comprising deputy leader Poseci Bune, party vice president Krishna Datt, MPs Felix Anthony and Agni Deo Singh and management board member Dr Atu Emberson-Bain challenged Mr Chaudhry's nominations.

They then sent their own list of proposed senators to President Iloilo.

Fiji's Senate is an appointed body with 14 senators nominated by the Great Council of Chiefs, one by the Council of Rotuma, nine by the prime minister and eight by the opposition leader.