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Teleni signs contract, resigns from army

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

POLICE Commissioner Esala Teleni yesterday signed a revised contract with the Constitutional Offices Commission, said chairman Rishi Ram.

"Yes, he has signed a contract and once an appointment was made, we made an offer for a contract to Commissioner Teleni and he came back asking for certain amendments which is normal," he said.

"He came back and asked that we reconsider his terms and conditions which we did."

Mr Ram said the Commission reached an agreement on the contract with Mr Teleni and a contract was signed yesterday.

This follows the military commander's acceptance of Mr Teleni's resignation.

He had resigned from the military in his capacity as deputy military commander.

Speaking to PACNEWS, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga confirmed Mr Teleni had resigned.

Attempts to get confirmation from Lt-Col. Tikoitoga yesterday were unsuccessful.

Citizen's Constitutional Forum executive director Akuila Yabaki said Mr Teleni's resignation was a cue for other senior military officers occupying positions within the civil service to do the same.

He said Mr Teleni was showing a good example by resigning and called on other senior military officers in similar posts to do the same.

"CCF is on record for having proposed early this year to the Commander of the RFMF to resign as interim Prime Minister and allow the interim civilian government to function independently of the RFMF as a civilian non-military interim administration made up of personnel selected by a panel of selectors made up of mainstream political parties with perhaps, a representative of the military," Mr Yabaki said.

"The move by Mr Teleni represents good practice and reduces the possibility of conflict of interests."