14 Apr 2003

Senior Fiji MP attacks army commander's remarks about politicians

10:05 am on 14 April 2003

A senior Fiji government minister has attacked as sheer arrogance comments by the army commander, Commodore Frank Baininmarama, about some political leaders.

Radio Fiji quotes the lands minister, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu of the pro-coup Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua Party, as saying the army commander should be mindful of what he says in public because it could stir up unneccesary trouble.

Ratu Naiqama says the country does not need any more problems, especially as it has made great progress since the upheavals of the May 2000 coup.

Radio Fiji says during the weekend Commodre Bainimarama told its Fijian language station that politicians who disagreed with the decisions of the military should be replaced.

The radio says the army commander was referring to the minister for women Adi Asenaca Caucau, who is reported to have said she did not agree with the way the military was heading, especially its handling of the prosecution of those involved in the coup.