3 Apr 2008

Renewed call to appoint vice-president in Fiji

2:38 pm on 3 April 2008

There is a renewed sense of urgency for Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs to elect a vice president to avoid a possible constitutional crisis.

The GCC Taskforce team leader, Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo, says the worst case scenario would be if the President could not continue his role.

And he says because there is no vice president, then the military commander and interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will take up the presidency.

"The question that we have raised for our chiefs is that do you want this scenario taking its course or would you rather have a council of chiefs taking place as soon as possible and to avoid that taking place and assist the interim government to take the country into the elections come March 2009."

Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo

In late 2006, Commodore Bianimarama claimed to be the president for a few weeks but after failing to be endorsed by the chiefs, he decided that Ratu Josefa was to be president again.

At the time, Ratu Josefa expressed no opposition to Commodore Bainimarama taking his powers.