Opposition disappointed in fast tracking President appointment

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Picture: FT FILE

THE Opposition has expressed its disappointment in the fast tracking of the appointment of the next President of Fiji.

Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa in a statement issued this afternoon said “The Fiji Parliamentary Opposition expresses its gross disappointment and deep concern on fast tracking of the process to appoint the next President of Fiji when Fiji has time until October of this year to do that.

“We see no warranted reason to rush the process and strongly believe there needs to be consensus building on the matter given the President is the head of the state symbolizing the unity of the nation and also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,” Ro Teimumu Kepa.

“The Opposition is also of the view that following the declaration made by the Fiji Court of Appeal in April, 2009 in ABU007 of 2009 that the 1997 Constitution, which was done with wider consultation with the people of Fiji, is still the supreme law of Fiji and the Bose Levu Vakaturaga must have the right to choose the Head of State,” said.

Ro Teimumu said there should have been wider consultation and more time allowed before taking such an important and far reaching decision.

Menawhile the SODELPA caucus is having its consultation and they will be there with their candidate in Parliament tomorrow.