7 Jul 2006

Fiji prime minister committed to survival of multi-party cabinet

9:57 am on 7 July 2006

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he is trying his best to ensure the survival of the multi-party cabinet.

Mr Qarase's remarks on Radio Legend come as senior figures in the Fiji Labour Party are locked in a bitter public war over the leadership style in the party and their differing views on how the multi-party cabinet should work.

Mr Qarase says he had already said that he would do his best to make the multi-party cabinet succeed.

The prime minister says he has now made a pledge to himself that if the multi-party cabinet is derailed, it will not be because of what he does or what he says.

Rather, it will be some other group or individual who will derail the multi-party cabinet.

Mr Qarase says that is how committed he is to ensure that the multi-party cabinet succeeds.

Meanwhile, Mr Qarase has been forced to put off a planned meeting today with Mahendra Chaudhry and opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, to draw up ground rules for the multi-party cabinet after Mr Chaudhry told the prime minister he was busy.