4 Apr 2006

Fiji's opposition Labour leader says he will be not unseated

8:16 am on 4 April 2006

Fiji's Opposition Labour leader believes the ruling SDL's party's got no chance of unseating him in next month's general election.

Mahendra Chaudhry says he's unconcerned that the SDL's campaign manager, Jale Baba, is standing against him in the Ba East Open seat, which he has held for eighteen years.

The SDL is mounting a two-pronged attack against the Labour leader, with Mr Baba and another SDL candidate Faiaz Ali, contesting the seat.

Mr Baba claim's he'll win, because he says his rival's failed to address pressing issues in the electorate like land tenure and sugar.

But the Labour leader says his opponent's no threat.

"Mr Baba has a tendency to talk too much, I'm not in the least bothered by his candidacy. In fact, he's a pushover as far as I'm concerned."

Mr Chaudry says it's the government that's failed to resolve issues in the electorate and Mr Baba is not qualified to talk about it.

He described him as an unworthy opponent, saying he was not prepared to waste his time talking about him.