May 08, 2014 08:01:32 AM
Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama refuses to be drawn into discussion about his political rivals Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry.
When FijiLive brought up the subject, Bainimarama said, “I don’t want to touch that area. I want to touch only on my development not somebody else.”
Chaudhry and Qarase, both former prime ministers and both having been convicted over various offences, will be unable to contest the upcoming election.
The loss of Chaudhry, a political heavyweight, could be a big blow to the Fiji Labour Party and could potentially give Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party an easier election than if Chaudhry was contesting.
Bainimarama said his prerogative is to attend to the needs of the Fijian people and focus on plans to move the country forward.
“They deserve more resources to empower them and give them the things they needed to improve their lives and those of their families.”
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari