13 Oct 2008

Opposition parties in Fiji willing to join Commodore's new call for a political forum

8:15 pm on 13 October 2008

Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says there're still options for those parties opposed to the interim regime, following last week's court ruling.

The controversial ruling dismissed the deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase's challenge of the President's powers, finding the coup valid and granting immunity to the military leaders.

The interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama said after the ruling he plans to invite all registered political parties to a meeting to discuss and agree on an agenda towards constitutional and sustainable democratic governance.

Mr Beddoes says he'll be a part of that if he's invited, but won't be engaging with the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

But he says, that may become part of the dialogue process.

"There's a need for them to look at how they can make it constitutional and this is where things start to get interesting, because they have now been told by the Supreme Court they are legal, in the same breath that the Supreme Court says that things have to be done constitutionally because the constitution is still in place. Well, if that's the case, then they require an act of Parliament to bring about a legal footing for their outcomes."

Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes.