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No confidence motion against Fiji PM withdrawn, Tuisawau told to respect Parliament
05:05 am GMT+12, 08/08/2019, Fiji

Fiji's Opposition MP Ro Filipe Tuisawau has been reminded to respect the Parliamentary chambers, the speaker, members and Fijians at large.
 
This was after he moved to file a motion for Friday to move a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.
 
In a letter to the Secretary-General, Tuisawau claimed that Bainimarama had lost the support of Fijians and the Opposition proposed Sitiveni Rabuka to take over as Prime Minister.
 
"My motion was submitted based on the decision of the previous Speaker who approved the addition of a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence to the Order Paper on 12 February 2016, when it was debated and voted upon. That is the date on which the mover of that motion requested that it be added to the Order Paper.
 
"In submitting my motion, I believe I followed proper protocol as required, based on past precedent. I hope I have clarified my position as to the submission of the Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, and proposing that Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA Party Leader and Opposition Leader, be the Prime Minister. We in SODELPA believe that the people have lost confidence in the Government.
 
"I had requested that the Motion be added to the Order Paper for Friday 09 August 2019 but this was not agreed to. Hence, I decided to withdraw the motion on technical grounds. As per the Standing Order, SODELPA reserves the right to file a motion of no confidence as appropriate," Tuisawau said leaving the speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, upset with the comical actions of the MP.
 
Ratu Epeli says Tuisawau’s move was a clear disrespect shown to Parliament and was discourteous, abuse of parliamentary process and not an appropriate use of Parliaments time.
 
He went on to say that a motion of no confidence in the PM is a big move and cannot be treated lightly as demonstrated by Tuisawau.


SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS


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