4 Sep 2007

Fiji SDL Party asserts its right to participate in next election

8:46 am on 4 September 2007

Fiji's SDL party says every person has the freedom to stand for election.

The comment on Radio Legend came after the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, said the military council believes that the SDL leader, Laisenia Qarase, and his ministers should never be part of any future government.

The SDL's national director, Peceli Kinivuwai, says Commodore Bainimarama is entitled to his opinion.

But Mr Kinivuwai says every citizen of Fiji has the freedom to stand for election and the constitution clearly lays down the rules and procedures for this.

He says the SDL believes in observing the law.

Commodore Bainimarama has said Fiji will not go to general elections until the administration completes the President's mandate which includes the People's Charter for Change and Progress so that there are no more coups.

He says there is no point in having elections which will bring back people like Mr Qarase and his ministers.