29 Nov 2014

Government fails to divide Fiji opposition

9:52 am on 29 November 2014

The Fiji opposition leader says the opposition acted with discipline and solidarity during a two week impasse which delayed the first meeting of the Public Accounts Committee.

It was deferred when government MPs complained about comments the proposed chairperson, Biman Prasad, made about recently released auditor general's reports.

The committee finally held its first meeting in parliament on Friday where Dr Prasad was installed as chair.

Under the constitution the committee is the only parliamentary committee chaired by an opposition MP and government members moved a motion on Friday nominating Aseri Radrodro as chairman, but he declined.

Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, says the tactics of the government were to undermine and divide the opposition but they failed.

She says during the impasse FijiFirst had been attempting to influence decisions of the speaker and secretary general to parliament.

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