17 Nov 2007

Fiji's Cabinet to be slashed from December 1

7:36 am on 17 November 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister has announced plans to slash his cabinet from 17 to 13 from the beginning of next month.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the interim cabinet has been in place for ten months and it is now time to evaluate its performance.

He says they have made significant progress on a number fronts including restoring fiscal stability, fighting corruption and dismantling discriminatory policies.

But Commodore Bainimarama says he is not satisfied with the overall level of accomplishments so far, particularly in delivering services to the people.

Based on this, he says, one of his measures is to reshuffle the size of the cabinet and he will take the opportunity in the forthcoming budget.

Commodore Bainimarama says the overall aim of the reshuffle will be to reduce overlaps and conflicts, balance the responsibilities and workloads, and enhance synergies.

The new cabinet will come together on December the 1st.