The Speaker of the Republic of Fiji came out strongly against SODELPA party president Ro Filipe Tuisawau who filed a motion of “no confidence” against the Prime Minister of Fiji, only to later withdraw it.
“The Parliament machinery acted with due dispatch upon receiving the motion of no confidence in accordance with the constitituion and the standing orders in order for the honourable member to table his motion. To have withdrawn the motion of no confidence within hours of submitting it is indeed highly improper,” said Mr Speaker.
“Honorable members, a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister has great consequences and should not be treated lightly and the willingly manner that has been demonstrated by the honorable member. It shows a lack of respect for parliament, its decorum, the other members of parliament, the speaker and including the Fijian people,” Mr Speaker added.
In his letter to the Secretary General, Tuisawau proposed that the Motion be added to the Order Paper for Friday 9th August 2019 for Debate and Vote.
His 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 12th 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 his Motion, Tuisawau says he believed he followed proper protocol as required, based on past precedent.
In his submission of the Motion of No Confidence against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, He proposed that Sitiveni Rabuka be the Prime Minister.
Ro Filipe submitted the motion to the Secretary General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua at 4.04pm and withdrew it at 6.57pm yesterday.