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Not Entitled To Diplomatic Passport: Former PM

Two former Prime Ministers yesterday confirmed they have stopped using their diplomatic passports after vacating office. Sitiveni Rabuka said when he vacated office in 1999, he did what he felt
27 Jan 2015 15:47
Not Entitled To Diplomatic Passport: Former PM

Two former Prime Ministers yesterday confirmed they have stopped using their diplomatic passports after vacating office.

Sitiveni Rabuka said when he vacated office in 1999, he did what he felt was right and returned his diplomatic passport.

However, this was sent back to him by the Immigration Department with the explanation that it would not be of any use to anyone else.

“I took it back and kept it but never used it. I knew that we were not entitled to it,” Mr Rabuka said with a laugh.

Laisenia Qarase’s diplomatic passport expired after he left office and for years now he has been going overseas using the normal ‘blue passport’.

“My diplomatic passport expired a long long time ago and I did not even seek any renewal. All my trips overseas have been made using the normal blue passport,” he said.

Yet another former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry held onto his diplomatic passport, and it had to be confiscated from him at Nadi International Airport as he attempted to fly to Sydney with his wife Veermati Chaudhry.

 

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