21 May 2011

Fiji Labour leader says regime reforms yield negative outcomes

9:46 am on 21 May 2011

The leader of Fiji's Labour Party says the reforms being put in place by the current regime are not resulting in improvements.

Mahendra Chaudhry chose for several years to support the military-led regime that staged a coup in 2006.

11 years ago, on May the 19th, the coup fronted by George Speight ousted the government led by Mr Chaudhry.

The Labour Party has said in a statement that the day is a reminder of the heavy price political instability had inflicted on Fiji in terms of suffering and social and economic degradation.

Mr Chaudhry says things now are again going backwards.

"If people's lives are getting worse, if the nation's economy is stagnating or in recession, if the number of people in the grip of poverty is increasing, if unemployment is rising and inflation is galloping, what is happening then? What sort of reforms are taking place because all the outcomes are in the negative."

Fiji Labour politician, Mahendra Chaudhry

The current regime says it is still working on essential social and economic reforms