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PDP’s New Year message

December 31
09:51 2013


In its new year message, Fiji’s newest political party, The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) paid tribute to the people of Fiji for their endurance and perseverance despite varying circumstances.
Interim party leader, Adi Sivia Qoro said: “As we look back on the trials that we went through we can say confidently that the experience brought about a level of understanding different from those experienced in 1987 and in 2000, although dealing with all of them has made us more mature.
“It has been overwhelming for a young democratic nation.”
In a statement, Adi Sivia also paid tribute to the workers for working tirelessly to provide services and goods to the people of this country, despite having had to face the brunt of the hardship.
“We pay tribute to the youth of this nation who reflect the hope and aspirations of the people for a better Fiji in the future.
“We pay tribute to the women and children, for whom circumstances have been trying and challenging. We admire the calm and commitment with which they have faced their responsibilities.
“We pay tribute to all religious and traditional leaders who have contributed to the objective of social inclusion and maintain plurality within our society of diverse cultures and traditions.”
She said PDP expressed its deep appreciation to all Fijians for holding the country together.
“With the New Year, as we embark into 2014, let us set aside personal interests for that of our country Fiji.”
Adi Sivia is well aware that the new year holds a number of promises and challenges for the people of Fiji.
“With the holding of the election, we look forward to a return to democratic rule,” she said.
“We look forward to a rule by the representatives of the people. We look forward to greater accountability and transparency in governance, the hallmarks of parliamentary democracy.”
She said the flow-on benefits from a fully fledged parliamentary democracy were numerous.
“The return to financial accountability in a democratic Fiji, will not be easy for any government.”
Adi Sivia said there would be many constraints.
“For the new government after the election it will be time to re-educate our people into genuine participative democracy.
“The challenges, will bring with it opportunities for innovation and creativity. Open debate, discussion and unthreatened public dialogue will provide the basis of our economic, social and political challenges. They are not insurmountable. We are a small country.
“We can easily, with imaginative and creative leadership turn the country around in a short time.”
She said Fiji would need to regain regional and international respect with dignity.

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