23 Dec 2006

Fiji's GCC calls on Laisenia Qarase to resign

5:53 am on 23 December 2006

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has called on ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to tender in his resignation to move the country forward.

Fijilive reports that in the Council's resolution to resolve the current political impasse, the GCC says there is no viable option but for Mr Qarase to resign.

The GCC says in view of the actions of the military, the government of Laisenia Qarase has been rendered ineffective and incapable of discharging its constitutional responsibilities.

It says it has advised Laisenia Qarase to tender his resignation to the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

The chiefs also noted the political reality that the military regime has control of the machinery of the Government of Fiji.

But the GCC urged the military regime to recognise that executive authority remains with Ratu Josefa Iloilo and that military personnel return to the barracks.

The chiefs also condemned the unlawful overthrow of the democratically-elected Government on December 5th 2006.

They maintain that the 1997 Constitution is still in place and said Ratu Josefa and Vice President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi remain in office.

Meanwhile, Laisenia Qarase told Fiji TV last night that he was amenable to the request, but he had to take the request to the SDL caucus.