10 Aug 2007

Fiji chiefs reject legal action over disbanding of Great Council

9:52 am on 10 August 2007

Sacked members of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs say they will not take any legal action against the interim administration even though their termination has been declared permanent.

The council's former chairman, Ratu Ovini Bokini, has told the Fijilive news website they have no intention of seeking legal action even though the Great Council was reinstated last week without its former members.

Ratu Ovini says the interim government has asked the former members for help in the review of the Council and this will be discussed by the former members next week.

The interim minister for Fijian affairs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says as the minister responsible he has every right under the Fijian Affairs Act to ensure that all institutions are supportive of government objectives.

Ratu Epeli has stressed that all former members of the Great Council remain terminated including the president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.