14 Jun 2006

Fiji radio station says some Labour members bent on wrecking multi-party cabinet

9:24 am on 14 June 2006

Elements in the Fiji Labour Party are reported to be working to break up the recently formed multi-party cabinet.

Radio Legend reports that some senior FLP members have raised their concern at this development which is likely to surface at Labour's national council meeting on Saturday of next week.

The radio quotes the concerned FLP members as saying these elements are likely to question why their party joined the multi-party cabinet and they could ask for directives from their branch representatives.

The branch representatives are also mostly representatives of the National Farmers Union, the powerbase of the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

The Labour Party spokesman and minister for energy, Lekh Ram Vyashnoi, is quoted as saying the national council will need to make a collective decision if any matter relating to the multi-party cabinet is raised.

But the Labour members concerned at these developments say the time for negativity is over and they will work to ensure that the Labour Party works with Mr Qarase's SDL.