22 Oct 2007

Former Fiji PM rejects interim administration's People's Charter

10:46 am on 22 October 2007

Fiji's deposed prime minister has rejected the interim government's proposal for a People's Charter but welcomed dialogue with the administration.

Laisenia Qarase has told Fiji media the People's Charter will not bind any elected government in the future which is why his SDL party has not supported it.

He says the People's Charter concept is a good one with good things in it, but it should be handled by an elected government, not an interim administration.

The interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, said last week the People's Charter would automatically remove from power any government with racist policies.

But Mr Qarase has called on Commodore Bainimarama to identify the racist policies his government had, adding the SDL did not have any racist policies in its manifesto.

Mr Qarase has also welcomed the interim prime minister Commodore Bainimarama's offer of dialogue but says any other action he might need to take, he will discuss with his party first.