24 May 2006

Fiji multi-party cabinet generally well received

9:34 am on 24 May 2006

Fiji's first multi-party cabinet formed in line with the power sharing provisions of the 1997 Constitution has received a widespread welcome.

The military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says the establishment of the multi-party cabinet is the way forward for Fiji and creates a good symbol of peace for everyone.

Former senator, Adi Koila Nailatikau, says the new cabinet would bring about peace and love in Fiji.

The multi-party cabinet has also been welcomed by Fiji's largest Hindu religious organisation as well as the Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council.

The head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbisop Petero Mataca, says the formation of the cabinet is an exiting time for Fiji because of the new political reality it has brought.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church has also welcomed the new multi-party government.

But the Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party chairman, Saula Telawa, says it is very hard for ethnic Indians to work with indigenous Fijians and the cabinet will not last long.

And the Assembly of Christian Churches of Fiji says the multi-party cabinet will not work.