Fiji opposition leader Rabuka says court’s election petition decision 'deeply disappointing'

The leader of the Fiji opposition, SODELPA's Sitiveni Rabuka, says he is deeply disappointed a petition to the Court of Disputed Returns had to be withdrawn yesterday.

SODELPA, with the National Federation Party, had presented the petition, challenging aspects of the election process.

They planned to call eight witnesses but the court approved only two.

The parties then withdrew the petition.

Mr Rabuka said it was a decision not taken lightly.

He said the parties believed all eight witnesses were crucial to establishing the grounds for the petition.