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Ratu Isoa Disobeys Ruling

Ratu Isoa Disobeys Ruling
From left: Opposition parliamentarians Ratu Sela Nanovo, Tupou Draunidalo and Government MP Ashneel Sudhakar outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai
August 29
09:13 2015

In a blatant disregard for parliamentary protocol, chief Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca yesterday disobeyed Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni’s ruling on a confidential matter.

Ratu Isoa’s point of order, raised issues relating to a closed meeting of Parliament on Thursday.

Dr Luveni had ruled that contents and issues from that closed session could not be raised in Parliament. Thursday’s closed session was to discuss important national financial matters, after a motion was put forward by the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Ratu Isoa Tikoca’s insistence on delivering his point of order yesterday resulted in him almost being ejected from yesterday’s Parliament sitting by Deputy Speaker Ruveni Nadalo for contempt.

Ratu Isoa was stopped a few sentences into his presentation after the content of his point of order became clear.

“You should resume your seat or you’re in danger of contempt,”Mr Nadalo said.

Ratu Isoa continued, despite the Deputy Speaker, consulting Secretary-General Viniana Namosimalua.

Government members disrupted him by thumping their tables, after he insisted on talking despite being told to stop by the Deputy Speaker.

Finally, he was instructed to sit down by the Deputy Speaker and did.

Once again, the Opposition Whip received no word of caution from the Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa.


NFP slams ‘misrepresentation’

The National Federation Party has accused the Fiji Sun of misrepresenting its position on national security.

NFP President Tupou Draunidalo and parliamentary leader Biman Prasad took exception to an article  that ran yesterday on page 4, “NFP Stance Under Fire.”

They said it did not accurately reflect their party’s response to the ministerial statement by Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Timoci Natuva.

However, Deputy Speaker Ruveni Nadalo has referred their grievances to Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni when she returns from a business trip to New York.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said the paper’s parliamentary reporters Josua Tuwere and Litia Cava stood by their story.



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