FLP welcomes Qarase court ruling

  • 9th October 2008
  • 2008
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The Fiji Labour Party welcomes the court ruling in the Qarase v Bainimarama case.

“The decision reaffirms FLP’s stand that elected government’s must adhere to the principles of good governance and be held accountable to the people,” said Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

In some ways, the judgment alludes to the fact that Mr. Qarase may have been responsible for inviting this predicament on himself. He could have averted the takeover had he chosen to engage with, and respond to, the military on issues of governance raised by the RFMF.

Mr Chaudhry said the Court ruling also necessitated the need to re-examine and clearly define the reserve powers of the President to ensure that such powers were made expressly prescriptive in matters relating to extra constitutional situations.

“It is clear from the ruling that the Court is anticipating a return to parliamentary rule. I hope every effort will be made to ensure that this occurs without any undue delay,” Mr Chaudhry said.

He welcomed the comments of Acting Chief Justice Gates that all promulgations of the interim government be reviewed by an elected government.

Mr. Chaudhry called on the Interim Prime Minister to move with urgency in facilitating a Presidential Dialogue Forum so that all contentious issues, including electoral reforms, could be addressed and resolved to clear the way for elections and constitutional rule.