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Attempts to remove the University of the South Pacific Pro Chancellor and one of its Council’s committee chairperson were thwarted Tuesday when the USP Council special meeting ran out of time.
Fiji’s five member delegation led by its Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum were accused of stalling the deliberation of the Council when it met via zoom Tuesday.
Council interim chair who’s also President of Nauru, Lionel Aingmea adjourned the meeting at 430pm Fiji Time as a number of council members had exited the zoom platform.
A Council member who spoke to IB on the condition of anonymity says Fiji’s AG made several attempts to introduce motions that were not on the meeting agenda.
This included a motion for the USP Council to reopen investigations into its Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia.
He also proposed to table a letter, the content of which he did not disclose.
After much opposition from several Council members, some of whom questioned the non adherence to meeting protocol or convention, both Fiji’s motions were put to the vote and defeated.
Even the decision to adjourn the meeting for lunch had to be voted upon.
The only successful motion passed by the Council was the vote to adopt the agenda that President Aingmea had submitted (and not the one Fiji proposed), and the election of Professor Pat Walsh, representative of the New Zealand Government to the USP Council, as the new deputy chair.
He replaces Tongan accountant Aloma Johansson, whom Fiji had nominated to have her term renewed.
The abrupt adjournment of Tuesday’s meeting meant that controversial Fiji government reps in the Council of Winston Thompson and Mahmood Khan would stay.
The next meeting is now scheduled for mid November.
SOURCE: ISLANDS BUSINESS/PACNEWS
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