Fiji Labour denounces new immunity for ministers decree


Fiji’s Labour Party has denounced a new decree from the interim government providing ministers immunity from prosecution over anything they say.

The military regime says the decree merely extends parliamentary privilege and will help the govermment communicate with the public more effectively in the lead up to elections in 2014.

But Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says it’s designed to give the interim government an unfair advantage in the polls and has nothing to do with parliamentary privilege.

“It is quite ridiculous claiming parliamentary privilege in respect of utterences they make about those they perceve as their political opponents. There’s no question about parliamentary privilege. We don’t have a parliament.”