5 Jul 2006

Fiji Labour Party dissidents say no need to discipline them

9:10 am on 5 July 2006

Members of the Fiji Labour Party who questioned the legitimacy of Mahendra Chaudhry's leadership and his list of senate nominees say there is no need to discipline them.

The Fiji Times quotes Labour's deputy leader who spearheaded the group, Poseci Bune, as saying they "are all adults and should act like adults."

Mr Bune says the best way to solve any conflict is through dialogue

He says members involved in trying to block Mr Chaudhry's senate list are willing to meet Mr Chaudhry when he returns to Fiji today and will call for a meeting even if he does not.

Mr Chaudhry says a report on what happened is being compiled for him by party officials and decisions on disciplinary action would be made after he has read it.

Mr Chaudhry says he will have to see "who has breached party discipline and undermined the party's authority and they will have to answer."

The dissenting group who went public with their dissatisfaction with Mr Chaudhry's leadership includes Mr Bune, fellow cabinet minister Krishna Datt, MPs Felix Anthony and Agni Deo Singh and former senator Dr Atu Emberson-Bain.