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Rabuka: A GCC Won’t Elect President

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the role of a reinstated Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will change if they form government. Mr Rabuka was speaking to supporters at Newtown, Nasinu,
09 Nov 2018 10:29
Rabuka: A GCC Won’t Elect President
SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka at Newtown in Nasinu on November 7, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the role of a reinstated Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will change if they form government.

Mr Rabuka was speaking to supporters at Newtown, Nasinu, on Wednesday which saw a gathering of 80 people turn up, a number of whom were Solomon and Vanuatu descendants.

“We will restore the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) but their role will change,” Mr Rabuka said.

“They will not elect the President and Senate.”

In the context of the 2013 Constitution, Mr Rabuka said SODELPA will ‘follow’ it unless it is changed through proper procedures.

“We will only change the constitution  through the proper procedure  if it passes and everyone has okayed it,” Mr Rabuka said.

 

The word ‘Fijian’

Mr Rabuka also reiterated: “We are all Fijians and it will be hard to change it since it is in the Constitution.

“We must accept it. Let our children grow up together and they should get used to it and will accept it as they grow older. It is called identity evolution.

“We have never had a constitution that stated Fiji was a Christian state but we have lived the Christian way.

“The way it is written in English is fine but how it is written in iTaukei in the constitution is the reason why the iTaukei are raising questions.”

 

Vanuatu and Solomon descendants

Meanwhile, with respect to the Vanuatu and Solomon descendants present, Mr Rabuka assured them that they were Fijians under the constitution and they should not be afraid.

“Don’t be afraid when you’re told that you have to shift. The place you all are living is becoming small and will not cater all of you. Some will have to move and some will stay. Do not be afraid because you are all Fijians under the 2013 constitution,” Mr Rabuka said.

“It is called new village movement. We will ensure that you all are safe. We will work with the committee that you have in place.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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