24 Jul 2004

Fiji president's office tightlipped on proposed law change

8:47 am on 24 July 2004

The Fiji President's Office has declined to comment on the government's proposed changes to the law to require the president to act on the advice of the cabinet.

Radio Legend quotes the secretary to the President's Office, Paula Kunabuli, as saying they have not been officially informed.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, confirmed to the radio station yesterday that changes would be made to the Commission of Inquiry Act to ensure that the president has to act on the advice of the cabinet.

The move has been prompted by President Iloilo's refusal last week to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the army commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

The cabinet wanted such an inquiry after allegations the Commodore Bainimarama had planned to overthrow the government if his term as commander was not renewed to enable him to pursue coup and mutiny prosecutions.