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Council options

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WHILE some political parties have promised the reinstatement of the Great Council of Chiefs if they form the next government, one party says it has an alternative to the once august body.

The newly-registered Fiji United Freedom Party says the reinstatement of the GCC would have to be decided by the new Parliament but the party's manifesto was on the establishment of a great council.

"GCC was a representation of certain chiefs only but we want to create a body involving all chiefs in the country," said a proposed leader of the party, Nayagodamu Korovou.

"We want to have a Great Council and the Council of Chiefs can be set-up in the different provinces and each province will have 14 Cabinet Ministers if we form the next government.

"And if any chief wants to come into politics, then he or she should give up the chiefly title to enter the political arena.

"The Great Council will be apolitical and that is our alternative to the GCC, which cannot come back under the 2013 Constitution."

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