6 Dec 2004

Mahendra Chaudhry now leader of Fiji's Opposition.

8:02 pm on 6 December 2004

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has now taken up the position of Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Chaudhry succeeds Mick Beddoes who resigned when Labour, the second largest party in Parliament, turned down Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's invitation to join a multi-party cabinet.

Mr Chaudhry said last month that Labour had done its best over the multi-party issue, but it was now time to disengage and become part of the Opposition.

Mr Chaudhry is the country's third opposition leader since the post coup general election in 2001.

The first was the National Federation Party's Prem Singh who lost the position when he was unseated after a successful election petition.