In all the hoo-har since Ratu Iloilo ‘suspended’ the Constitution (a deed whose legitimacy / legality is yet to be proven) and illegal regime’s various decrees, there is one outstanding action that deserves more attention.
Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase proved, in the Court of Appeal, that the 2006 coup was unconstitutional, and that all subsequent actions by Vore and his thug government have no legitimacy under the Constitution.
PM Qarase, who never resigned his position, let the Rule of Law speak for him and his actions. The Rule of Law found our PM was right and Vore was wrong. Like him or not, the PM’s actions speak for themselves. He remains law-abiding, legitimate and our true leader.
Now, I am no Constitutional expert, but I understand that our 1997 Constitution is written in such a way that it cannot be abrogated or changed except through Parliament. In layman’s terms, it is deliberately formulated to be “coup proof”. So the erstwhile President’s suspension of the Constitution holds no water.
Ratu Iloilo is variously described as being incapacitated. As such, it could be argued that his status as President is reasonably compromised, and has been for some time. I don’t know if capacity of the President is necessarily an explicit prerequisite in our Constitution. But in the same way that the Courts use international (Commonwealth) precedents to interpret our laws, perhaps capacity is a prerequisite elsewhere and could similarly be argued / interpreted as a prerequisite here in Fiji.
Since the High Court has found that the 2006 coup is unconstitutional, similarly their unseating of our Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, is illegitimate.
- with Ratu Iloilo’s resignation (with or without mental capacity as a contributing factor),
- and the 2006 coup declared unconstitutional
- and the Constitution being coup-d’etat proof,
Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi is therefore now our legitimate President of Fiji.
Thank you Lord for your humble servant and our Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase and his active dedication to the Rule of Law.
God bless and keep our President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.
God bless Fiji