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Call for neutrality

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, July 10, 2014

THE Reserve Bank of Fiji says it will not comment on the NFP's calls for the deputy governor Arif Ali to either resign or be terminated from his position by the RBF.

The NFP called for the resignation of Mr Ali in light of comments he made, which the NFP alleges showed bias from a public officer who is meant to be neutral.

Mr Ali had said that more important than a general election was a post-election government that does not reverse the current economic policies because it would harm the economy and involved a lot of risk.

But the Reserve Bank of Fiji said yesterday they would not comment on calls by the NFP.

NFP general secretary Kamal Iyer said Mr Ali had "totally compromised" the neutrality and independence of the Reserve Bank Board.

"He should have remained apolitical and completely refrained from making political comments," Mr Iyer said.

"An ordinary civil servant is disallowed from even being seen at political party meetings or gatherings as it is construes to be showing support towards a political party."

Mr Iyer also said the NFP was once again calling upon all officers in all independent State institutions to remain apolitical at all times.

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