Multi-party cabinet decision is overdue – Labour

  • 3rd July 2004
  • 2004
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The Fiji Labour Party has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in the delivery of the Multi-Party cabinet case ruling on the issue of FLP’s cabinet entitlement that was jointly referred to the Supreme Court by the government and the Fiji Labour Party.

In a statement today, FLP Parliamentary Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry said that authorities were taking too much time to give the much-awaited verdict.

“The nation is anxiously waiting for the ruling as it is an important issue dealing with the governance of the country,” said Mr. Chaudhry. Labour Leader added that the authorities should exercise discretion and give these matters the priority is rightfully deserves.

“The FLP has been deprived of its right in the national governance since 2001 and it seems from the lack of urgency that certain people do not wish to see these matters resolved so that the country could move forward,” said Mr. Chaudhry.

The party is unhappy with the current stalemate and urges the authorities to do justice to the people FLP represents. The ruling on cabinet entitlement is important and should be delivered without any further delay.

Mr. Chaudhry said the only other issue left to be clarified by the courts would be the question, whether Prime Minister has discharged his obligation to invite and negotiate in good faith with entitled parties to form a multi-party cabinet, in the spirit of power sharing concept enshrined in section 99 (5) of the Constitution.

The FLP calls on the authorities to hasten the process in the interest of the people.