10 Jan 2007

Influential organisations announce support for interim administration

11:00 am on 10 January 2007

Influential organisations in Fiji have thrown their support behind the new military appointed interim administration following last month's overthrow of the Qarase government.

The chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini, says he fully supports the appointment of the interim government.

Radio Legend reports that Ratu Ovini has urged the people of Fiji to support the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, and his ministers.

Ratu Ovini has also called on the deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and members of his ousted government to try to work together to rebuild Fiji.

Meanwhile, the Methodist Church has also called on its members to throw their support behind the interim line-up in their efforts to move Fiji forward.

The Methodist Church's general secretary, the Rev Ame Tugawe, says he agrees that what has happened is part of God's plan for Fiji and has urged all members to pray for the new government.

The Catholic Church says people should accept the interim line up as it works to return the country to democratic rule.

The Catholic vicar general, Father Ben Kaloudau, says while the church does not condone the coup, an interim cabinet is necessary for elections to take place and for Fiji to be accepted by the world.

Father Kaloudau says people have to swim with the current or their bodies are found down the river.