1 Oct 2003

Fiji Labour says no to further discussions over Cabinet impasse

5:15 pm on 1 October 2003

The leader of the Fiji Labour party says there's no point in holding any further talks on the multi-party cabinet because they would only be repeating themselves.

Mahendra Chaudhry says there's no point in holding any further talks on the multi-party cabinet because they would only be repeating themselves.

He says it is now up to the Supreme court to make the decision on the number of seats that should be allocated.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, offered 14 seats in an expanded 36 member cabinet but Labour says it should have 17.

Mr Chaudhry says that must be decided first before any further discussions are held.

"I think all the talking that was neccessary, you know that would resolve the multi-party cabinet dispute, has been done, so there is not much point in repeating the talks, because we're only going to repeat ourselves."

Mr Chaudhry says there will also have to be discussions over the make up of the Labour contingent in cabinet.

According to the constitution, the prime minister decides who will be in cabinet but the Labour party says it should be up to Mr Chaudhry who is in their group.