27 Aug 2008

FLP says election preparations was behind pulling out of Fiji interim regime

4:02 pm on 27 August 2008

The Fiji Labour Party still says preparation for the elections and engaging with the People's Charter are the reasons why it withdrew from the interim administration.

There have been suggestions that the interim Finance Minister and Labour Party Secretary General, Mahendra Chaudhry, left because of dissatisfaction over the way he did his job.

But the President of the Party, Jokapeci Koroi, says the party always planned to step back from the interim regime once it deemed the economy was back on track.

She says there was no suggestion Mr Chaudhry should jump ship:

"There is no pressure at all. He could have stayed on of he wanted to. But we thought the party is what rules them. And if the party allows them to go in, the party has the authority to bring them out again."

The President of the Fiji Labour Party , Jokapeci Koroi