27 Jul 2006

Fiji's Chaudhry told he has no power to lay charges in party row

1:30 pm on 27 July 2006

A senior Fiji Labour Party MP and management board member says the party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, does not have any powers to lay disciplinary charges against any member.

Felix Anthony has told Radio Legend that the FLP's constitution is clear that the management board and the national council make decisions for the party.

He says Mr Chaudhry should realize that he is not the sole authority in the FLP.

Mr Anthony says if there are any disciplinary charges to be laid, they should come from the management board of the party through the national council.

Mr Chaudhry has sent letters laying disciplinary charges against Mr Anthony, cabinet ministers Krishna Datt and Poseci Bune, MP Agni Deo Singh and former senator Dr Atu Emberson Bain for questioning his autocratic decision making style.

Meanwhile, Mr Datt says he will take legal action if the national council acts unfairly and takes disciplinary action.

Mr Datt says he is concerned that Mr Chaudhry has refused several requests to call a management board meeting.

Mr Chaudhry has only minority support in the management board where the five dissidents against he has laid charges comprise the majority.