31 Jul 2006

Fiji military leader says he is confident mulit party Cabinet will work

10:44 am on 31 July 2006

Fiji's Military Forces has pledged its full support to the multi-party Cabinet after a sour relationship with the Government in the past.

The army commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama told the military's newspaper, Mataivalu News, that he was "quietly confident" the multi-party Cabinet idea would work.

Fijilive quotes the Commandore as saying that for the concept to work successfully, the Forces will need to give it all the support it deserves.

Commodore Bainimarama said for good governance to be attained, the army would have to ensure that it provides support to civil authorities, church and community leaders and statutory authorities.

The Home Affairs Minister, Josefa Vosanibola, made a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks earlier this month.

The meeting has been seen as a breakthrough in relations between the Government and the army which had soured in the past few years.