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Opposition calls for return of Great Council of Chiefs

The Opposition today tabled a petition in Parliament calling for the reinstatement of the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC). Opposition MPs took turns to voice their support for the petition, which was later defeated by 16 votes to 29.  5 had not voted. The petition introduced by MP Hon. Viliame Gavoka called to refer the […]

Calvin Prasad

April 25, 2016 1:12 pm

The Opposition today tabled a petition in Parliament calling for the reinstatement of the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC).

Opposition MPs took turns to voice their support for the petition, which was later defeated by 16 votes to 29.  5 had not voted.

The petition introduced by MP Hon. Viliame Gavoka called to refer the issue to a relevant committee who would consult the people and present their finding.

GAVOKA: “My heart is for this country to grow and to progress and have goodwill. Let us have the people of Fiji to have dialogue on this. The GCC empowered us. There were confidence elements that the GCC provides to us leaders. GCC is a stabilising factor and should not be seen a threatening factor to anybody.”

Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro said the GCC had taken Fiji forward and represented the ‘fabric of society’ and should not be restrained.

RADRODRO: “Why are we denying the people the opportunity for their voices to be heard?”

Opposition MP Hon. Semesa Karavaki said people were asking why the GCC was not longer operational.

KARAVAKI: “This will provide peace and security to the people. Let’s provide the avenue where we can hear the voice of the people.

More details on this petition are available from our Live Blog.

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