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NFP’s Big Changes

March 30
09:19 2014

National Federation Party’s newly-elected leader, Professor Biman Prasad, says Fijians will see a new NFP under his leadership.

The economist and now resigned professor at the University of the South Pacific, says his new leadership will bring back the party’s glory days.
He was elected yesterday during the party’s annual general meeting replacing the incumbent Raman Pratap Singh. With the election date now set for September 17, the election rules and Supervisor of Elections announced last Friday, parties are set to go on the hustings.
Before a crowd of at least 800 party supporters, Professor Prasad gave a broad overview of the policies they intended to implement if voted in as the next government. (See top right infographic)
“As an academic, I am aware that it is easy to criticise Government policies from outside.

The business of governing is complicated. Difficult balances are needed when making policies,” he said.
“My work as an academic has always been firmly rooted on the lives of our citizens. I know that good policies are those that begin from people; that respond to their needs and that are capable of being implemented by Government.”
The party, he said, would continue with the increased grants to the Ministry of Education to allow for free education for Fijian students.
They will also continue with the toppers scheme. Despite the decrease in Government revenue expected after the party’s planned reduction in VAT, he remains confident that Fiji would experience sufficient economic growth through which they could continue to fund free education.

He also called on leaders of all political parties for a debate on economic issues.
Lawyer Tupou Draunidalo was elected as party president. She becomes the second woman and first iTaukei to be elected to that post. The first woman was Irene Jai Narayan.
Some members of the diplomatic corps and reps from various non-governmental organisations were also present at the party’s convention at the Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College ground. Such meetings will now become a frequent occurrence leading up to the September 17 elections.

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