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UPDATED: 14:08, May 24, 2006
Fiji PM hails "multi-party victory"
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The confirmation of Fiji Labor Party's appointment of cabinet ministers "is a victory for constitutional law as the multi-party cabinet takes shape", said Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase Wednesday.

According to local news service The Fijilive, both parties, the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) and Labor Party, are maintaining their commitment not just because it is a requirement of the Constitution, according to Qarase.

The eleventh hour decision of Labor Party to join the multi- party Cabinet on Tuesday was welcomed by the prime minister, who is looking forward to working with them in Cabinet and Parliament.

Of the 24 ministers, 20 comprise the multi-party cabinet Constitutional requirement, which gives the SDL 11 members, with Labor Party's share at nine. There are three more ministers chosen through Senate and Independent MP Robin Irwin of Savusavu.

"As far as the Cabinet is concerned we have a standard manual that has been in use since Independence," said Qarase.

Fiji's first multi-party cabinet formed in line with the power sharing provisions of the 1997 Constitution has received a widespread welcome.

The military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, said Wednesday the establishment of the multi-party cabinet "is the way forward for Fiji and creates a good symbol of peace for everyone."

Former senator, Adi Koila Nailatikau, said the new cabinet " would bring about peace and love in Fiji."

Source: Xinhua

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