3 Jan 2008

Still no sign of promised reshuffle of Fiji interim administration

11:07 am on 3 January 2008

There is still no word on Fiji's Cabinet reshuffle, which was initially planned for 1st December, 2007 and then deferred to the first day of 2008.

The Fiji Times, says the interim Government had announced the reshuffle would result in the reduction of ministerial positions, from 17 to 13 with several assistant ministers to come on board.

The ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, in a media report, said it was tiring to keep hearing about the reshuffle yet nothing was done about it.

Several interim ministers will be chopped while others will take on additional responsibilities.

The interim Health Minister, Dr Jona Senilagakali has publicly announced that he will not continue in government while interim Commerce Minister, Taito Waradi says he had no intentions of furthering his political career.

Fiji's interim Labour, Environment and Tourism minister, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, also says she does not intend to stand in the 2009 General Elections.