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Rabuka Praises China, Preparing For Elections

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has maintained that China filled a vacuum left by Fiji’s traditional partners after the 1987 coup and 2006 takeover. Mr Rabuka made the
14 Aug 2016 09:58
Rabuka Praises China,  Preparing For Elections
Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has maintained that China filled a vacuum left by Fiji’s traditional partners after the 1987 coup and 2006 takeover.

Mr Rabuka made the comment on ABC television. He is on an Australian visit.

He had said earlier that his visit to Australia was a private one after SODELPA supporters expressed a wish to meet him.

“Australia and New Zealand left our side or turned away from us, we had to look for new development partners, and China was only too willing to come in.

“We should not now play down the role that China has played, but Australia and New Zealand and our traditional development partners should come forward and assist Fiji in our rehabilitation as well as reconstruction programme, not only in material things, but also in our debate issues in the Government.”

While in Australia, Mr Rabuka told supporters to get ready for elections as Government has all the means to call for an early election.

Instead of focusing on the background of the coups, Mr Rabuka said the emphasise should be on their leadership abilities and ability or inability to listen and respond to the people.

“That is where I believe I will make an impact, because I have shown my performance that the team I lead is very responsive to the people’s wishes,” he said.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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