Voreqe ‘in hot soup’

Leader of Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama during the Parliament sitting at the Parliament complex in Suva on Monday, 13 February, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama came under fire yesterday for his blistering attack on the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, in Parliament yesterday.

Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua said the comments were “treasonous” while Deputy Prime Minister Viliame Gavoka said the former PM may have breached Order 62 of Parliament’s Standing Orders which outlines Prohibited References.

The former PM hurled a barrage of insults on the President, saying he “failed the Fijian people and he will go down in history as the person who aided and abetted the most incompetent and divisive government”.

He did this while accusing Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and the coalition Government of “setting out to destroy constitutional democracy”.

“In all of this,” Mr Bainimarama said, “the President who we looked up to because we believed that he genuinely believed in the values and principles of the Constitution has done an about turn”.

While the leader of the House Lynda Tabuya did not wish to comment on the action the Government would take, it is understood he could be referred to the Privileges Committee.

In May 2015 the current Speaker of Parliament was suspended for two years for allegedly uttering a slur against the former Speaker.

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