22 Jan 2007

Fiji deposed opposition leader to resign as UPP party president

6:13 am on 22 January 2007

Fiji's deposed opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has resigned as president of the United People's Party and will not stand in any future general election.

Mr Beddoes says his resignation will take effect on March the 31st when the UPP will hold its annual general meeting but he will remain a party member.

Mr Beddoes says at the rime of last year's general election he had indicated he would seek another term in parliament.

He says in view of the events of December 5th last year he now needs "to bring forward his post parliament plans and concentrate on his own personal wellbeing."

Mr Beddoes is a co-founder the United People's Party and its president for the last six years.