24 Nov 2006

Political parties in Fiji criticise opposition leader

9:01 am on 24 November 2006

Three political parties in Fiji have criticized the opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, and his deputy, Bernadette Rounds Ganilau, for speaking against the 2007 Budget and then voting in favour of it.

The National Federation Party says the development is strange and they are surprised.

Its general secretary, Pramod Rae, has told the Fiji Times they may have been fooled by the government and the NFP is thinking of withdrawing the support it pledged to them after the elections.

The National Alliance Party of Fiji, headed by Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has also expressed its astonishment.

The Labour Party senator, Lavenia Padarath, has called on the two opposition MPs to come clean on the real reasons they voted for the budget.

Senator Padarath says they have betrayed the poor and those who voted them into parliament.

But Mr Beddoes has labeled their vote as a prudent and smart one because they want to be part of the solution and not the problem.