Chaudhry ready to be Fiji PM again
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party and former PM has said he will take up the post if his party wins in May elections.india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:12 IST
Mahendra Chaudhry, leader of the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) and former Prime Minister, has said that he will take up the post of prime minister if his party wins this month's general elections.
Chaudhry made this comment in the course of a Leadership Forum organised by Fiji TV on Tuesday. Fiji goes to the polls from May 6-13.
Chaudhry said that his party would follow the same procedures that the party had followed after the 1987 and 1999 elections when the party had won in choosing its candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
His comments came a week after he was quoted as saying he had no personal ambition in becoming the PM. He had said this while interacting with a group of embassy representatives, international observers and members of the media.
In Tuesday's TV show, Chaudhry said if given the job again, he is ready to become the Prime Minister.
"For instance in this elections, this elections should not be about race, about language, about coups, about (an) Indian or Fijian Prime Minister. It should be about the people. It should be about what matters to the people," he said.
Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase had gone on record as saying that Fiji was not ready for anyone other than an indigenous Fijian for the post of Prime Minister.
Indo-Fijians comprise 44 percent of the country's population of around 900,000.
When asked what he would do differently this time around compared to 1999 when he was Prime Minister, Chaudhry said that this time the party's manifesto was not much different from that used in the 1999 elections.
Claiming that the FLP made a difference in the 12 months that it was the government in 1999, he said that no other government had equalled that record and the FLP would follow that same path because the party believed Fiji could achieve much with good governance.
"Our problem is one of good governance and when there is a good government elected, of course, those with vested interests want it out," he said.