Tanya resigns from COC

January 4, 2023 5:50 pm

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka is expected to soon nominate a replacement for Suva Lawyer Tanya Waqanika in the Constitutional Offices Commission.

Waqanika has confirmed her resignation from the COC in order to focus on being a SODELPA member and ushering in the coalition government.

She told FBC News that the survival of the coalition government is more important to her than a position in the COC.

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Waqanika and Constitutional Lawyer Jon Apted were nominated to the COC by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, while Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama appointed former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Waqanika says she is challenging Sayed-Khaiyum to either resign from COC or FijiFirst as per the provisions of the Political Parties Act.

She says a member of the COC cannot have any affiliation with a registered political party while being in the COC, as stated under the Political Parties Act.