Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has been suspended from Parliament for two years.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum moved the motion to suspend the high chief after the Parliamentary Privileges Committee cited Ratu Naiqama for serious breach of privilege and hold him in contempt of the honourable House after he uttered derogatory comments against the Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni during a SODELPA public meeting last week.
After an almost six hour sitting that ended at 9:30pm last night, 27 MPs voted in favour of the motion, 18 opposed and four did not vote.
Parliament ruled that immediately upon his suspension, Ratu Naiqama was ordered to leave the parliamentary precincts and must remain outside of the parliamentary precincts during his suspension period.
According to The Fiji Times, Ratu Naiqama apologised to his people minutes after the suspension.
To the people that voted me into that House, I must apologise for what I have done given the decision of Parliament.
I want to reassure you all that whatever fight that SODELPA will undertake on behalf of its members and supporters will continue with much more vigour.
Be rest assured that the SODELPA flag will always be flying high given this unfortunate incident that has happened which I respect.