6 Jul 2006

Four Fiji Labour MPs face dismissal from the party

10:21 am on 6 July 2006

At least four Fiji Labour Party members of parliament are reported to be facing dismissal from the party and loss of their parliamentary seats for disputing their leader's senate nominees.

Fiji TV quotes Labour Party lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry, as saying that cabinet ministers Poseci Bune and Krishna Datt and backbenchers Felix Anthony and Perumal Mupnar have breached the party's constitution.

Mahendra Chaudhry returned to Fiji last night and will begin investigating the actions of his MPs today when he reads a report prepared for him.

Rajendra Chaudhry, who is the son of Mahendra Chaudhry, says there is overwhelming evidence to make a legal case against the four.

He says the party constitution has a mandatory provision for disciplinary action and its national council can use this as a legal basis to expel an MP.

Rajendra Chaudhry says he is not surprised by the actions of the four MPs as certain people were trying to advance their own interests.

Under Fiji's constitution, an MP who is expelled from his party loses his parliamentary seat and a by-election has to be held.