1 May 2008

Fiji interim leader in slanging match with SDL party official

7:48 pm on 1 May 2008

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has hit back at criticism by the general secretary of the ousted SDL Party, Peceli Kinivuwai.

The SDL has been dismissive of the interim regime's attempts to convene a forum to approve its ways of trying to reform Fiji.

Commodore Bainimarama has called on Mr Kinivuwai to stop crying over spilt milk but prioritise the national interest over petty politics.

He says they should forget the past and move on towards the future.

The military commander has called on Mr Kinivuwai and, as he put it, whatever little following he has, to stop playing petty games and be part of the process.

Commodore Bainimarama removed the SDL government in 2006 in a coup whose legality is still to be determined by the courts.