8 Aug 2002

Fiji Labour Party to boycott parliament

2:21 pm on 8 August 2002

The Fiji Labour Party has decided to boycott most of the proceedings in the current session of parliament.

Radio FM-96 quotes the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, as saying they will stay out of the House because the government is trying to rush six bills through parliament by giving short notice.

Mr Chaudhry says under parliamentary rules, the government must give 30 days notice before a bill is tabled in parliament.

He says Labour has tolerated this type of action for months but has now had enough.

But debate on the bills is continuing because the House still has quorum.

Meanwhile, informal talks between Mr Chaudhry and the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, scheduled for this weekend, have been aborted.

Mr Qarase has told Radio Fiji that a message from Labour said they were not in a position to take part in the talks this weekend.