12 Sep 2008

Chief supporting Fiji interim regime says other chiefs should stop being stubborn

2:32 pm on 12 September 2008

The future of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is now in the hands of interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, after the disbanding of a team tasked to look into changes to the institution.

Fijlive reports the GCC taskforce chairman Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo saying it is up to the interim Prime Minister to decide who should join the new council.

However, it appears Commodore Bainimarama sees no need to convene the council soon.

And given the wide opposition to the proposed changes to the composition of the GCC by many of Fiji's high ranking chiefs, it is clear that a GCC established under the current regime will not get the full backing of Fiji's 14 provinces.

Ratu Josateki has confirmed that his team's biggest obstacle during consultations around the country was trying to influence certain conservative provinces to agree to the new changes.

He says the SDL still has strong links in these provinces.

But Ratu Josateki says the chiefs should now realise the importance of moving the country forward and stop being stubborn for the good of the people.

He says people should get over the coup and move forward..