|Dismissed after conscience vote|
Former Health Minister in the Bainimarama regime before the 2014 general election and Fiji First backbencher, Neil Sharma, was forced to resign today by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Sharma was given the ultimatum by Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday to resign this morning or be sacked.
He opted to hand in his resignation.
Sayed Khaiyum is not only the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, but Fiji First general secretary and registered officer.
Sharma has suffered the same fate as former FNU Vice-Chancelor, Ganesh Chand, who was forced to quit in December last year.
Both were ardent Fiji First supporters and loyalists of Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum.
During the last parliamentary sitting of Friday March 20, Sharma voted with the Opposition on a motion to have a committee to look at controlling Non Communicable Diseases.
The siding with Opposition irked Sayed-Khaiyum who was not in Parliament at that time and who later questioned Sharma.
Sharma is understood to have said he had made a conscience vote in the absence of a directive to vote along party lines.
He is believed to have told his boss that the motion was in line with his work as a Minister, but the explanation was rejected by Sayed-Khaiyum.
We predict that like Ganesh Chand, Neil Sharma will now be subjected to an investigation over his dealings as Health Minister before September 2014 and eventually be charged.