24 Nov 2007

Ousted Fiji prime minister still hopeful over suggestion of temporary Parliamentary recall

12:39 pm on 24 November 2007

Fiji's ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he still hopes for a meeting with the interim prime minister despite his suggestion for legally returning the country to democracy being rejected.

Mr Qarase is suggesting that the ousted parliament be recalled a few months prior to the next election in March 2009 in order for his government to legally resign.

He proposes the president could then appoint a caretaker cabinet to run the country until the election.

The interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has told local media that no one will dictate the way he runs the country and that the proposal is in the rubbish bin.

But Mr Qarase says he won't give up hope.

"I have expressed the hope that the meeting will take place and I think a lot of people in Fiji are praying that this meeting does take place, because it is important that the two of us do meet to discuss some of these national issues."

Laisenia Qarase.