5 Dec 2007

Deposed Fiji leader says coup makers need to clean up own operations

2:26 pm on 5 December 2007

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says the interim regime should direct its so-called clean-up campaign on its own operations.

The website Fijilive reports Mr Qarase saying a year after the military coup that there is an alarming increase in nepotism and what can only be described as corrupt, unethical and morally questionable behaviour by some in Government.

Mr Qarase says the people continue to experience great stress and suffering.

He says much of this relates to loss of employment, reduced wages, uncertainty about the future, bad policies and a lack of openness and accountability by the interim regime.

Mr Qarase says the impact of the coup has been disastrous for the economy, while last month's Budget was dishonest because it did not acknowledge this economic catastrophe.

He says it offers no real hope of bringing back the confidence that will create sufficient new jobs and lead to a general increase in wages.