Great Council of Chiefs, Chairman, Ratu Epeli Ganilau called on the Vice- President Ratu Jope Seniloli to resign after he was charged with administering unlawful oaths for allegedly swearing in members of George Speight’s cabinet in 2000.
Simione Kaitani, the Information Minister of the SDL Government criticised Mr Ganilau’s comments as irrational and politically motivated.
In retort, Mr. Kaitani asked Mr. Ganilau to step down and accused him of causing divisions among his own people.
Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei which is the other leading Fijian political party has condemned Mr Kaitani for his comments and said that they fully support the GCC chairman and would stand by his comments.
Government continues to support Mr Seniloli and said that he will remain in office until the High Court delivers its decision.
The Vice -President was charged by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for administering unlawful oaths in swearing in some current members of parliament as members of failed coup- leader George Speight’s cabinet.
Mr Seniloli will go on trial along with five others – Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Sports Minister Isireli Lewiniqila, Viliame Volavola, Viliame Savu and Peceli Rainikama which begins on Monday, 28 June 2004.