3 Feb 2003

Spokesman for Fiji's Labour Party resigns and condems party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry

8:09 am on 3 February 2003

The Fiji Labour Party's chief administrative official and spokesman, John Ali, has resigned citing his leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, as the cause of the party's and country's problems.

Mr Ali has told the Daily Post that the future of the country is bleak and doubtful and called for a change in leadership.

He says the Labour Party seems to be run by a one man army and anyone who questions Mr Chaudhry is marked.

Mr Ali says Mr Chaudhry's leadership style was the reason for the May 2000 coup and continues to be the reason for the division between the two major races in Fiji.