5 May 2007

Rabuka offers to chair Fiji's new look GCC

9:23 am on 5 May 2007

The only life member of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, Sitiveni Rabuka, has offered to take up the chair of the reconstituted council if offered the position.

Mr Rabuka has told Fiji TV that he has also received a letter suspending him from the council but he wants to continue serving in the body.

The Great Council of Chiefs made Mr Rabuka its only life member to honour him for staging his two military coups in 1987.

Mr Rabuka says the life membership may be a misnomer because he was appointed by regulation and the minister of Fijian affairs has the power to change that regulation.

He has accepted his suspension and the cessation of entitlements that go with it.

But Mr Rabuka says he has never turned down any invitation to serve and he would be willing to chair the Great Council of Chiefs again.

The interim minister for Fijian affairs, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, says he will note Mr Rabuka's offer.