17 Dec 2008

Chiefs in Fiji turn out in force to support a traditional chiefly meeting

11:19 am on 17 December 2008

Chiefs in Fiji have turned out in force to support a traditional chiefly meeting with the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Fijian Affairs Board spokesman Kini Rarubi says that more than 200 chiefs, or 98-percent of chiefs in Fiji, have signed up to attend a two day Bose ni Turaga meeting at the Queen Elizabeth barracks.

He says the turnout is an indication that chiefs want to move forward .

"In terms of indigenous interest, this know Fijians we have a lot of respect for our chiefs and judging by the response I think they represent the majority of the interest in that we want Fiji to move forward. And there's no point in bickering around as life is too short for that. We have to build a better Fiji and move on."

Kini Rarubi says the meeting, that's going to look at the roadmap to elections and the People's Charter, ends today.

He says the issue of Fiji's vice presidency won't be up for discussion .