4 Jun 2008

Fiji Methodist church to urge interim regime to keep elections commitment

7:54 pm on 4 June 2008

A senior official of the Fiji Methodist Church says the church will urge the interim government to ensure that elections are held no later than March 2009.

The Reverend Manasa Lasaro has told Radio Fiji that the church is very concerned about the state of affairs since the 2006 coup.

The Reverend Lasaro says there has been much suffering, with rapid increases in the cost of living, stagnant wages and high unemployment levels.

He says it is distressing that more than half of the nation now lives below the poverty line.

The Reverend Lasaro says the church has called on the interim government and other political leaders to agree on a solution to take the country forward.

The interim regime has committed to holding an election by March next year but has also indicated there won't be an election unless its proposed People's Charter is approved.