18 Mar 2009

PNG's Namaliu faces opposition from Fiji groups

11:51 am on 18 March 2009

The former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has faced strong opposition from some political parties in Fiji on whether he should chair the President's Dialogue Forum.

The United Nations, the Commonwealth, Australia and New Zealand support Sir Rabbie's candidacy to head the President's Political Dialogue Forum, with an agenda to get elections held this year.

In a meeting last Friday in Fiji, UN and Commonwealth Missions presented their paper proposing Sir Rabbie Namaliu as their candidate.

But the Post Courier newspaper reports that some political parties in Fiji spoke outright about their rejection of Sir Rabbie.

They claimed Sir Rabbie is Australia and New Zealand's puppet.