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Sydney Group to Hear Chaudhry

Trip to meet lawyer ends in address to ‘fiji democracy and freedom movement ROSI DOVIVERATA SUVA Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry will address a forum hosted by the Australian-based
19 Mar 2014 09:58

Trip to meet lawyer ends in address to ‘fiji democracy and freedom movement

Mahendra Chaudhry

ROSI DOVIVERATA
SUVA

Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry will address a forum hosted by the Australian-based Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement (FDFM) in Sydney tonight. Movement president, Usaia Waqatairewa confirmed that Mr Chaudhry will update Fijians attending the forum about the political situation here.
Last week the High Court in Suva granted an application made on behalf of Mr Chaudhry, to travel overseas.
His defence lawyer made an application for variation to bail to allow Mr Chaudhry to travel to Sydney to consult his overseas counsel regarding his trial.
Mr Chaudhry is engaging the legal services of Guy Reynolds, QC, for his case. In the application, Mr Chaudhry was scheduled to leave the country on March 13, 2014 and return on Saturday.
In a statement, the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement said that the mini forum is part of its awareness programme leading up to the general election. They are hoping to hold a mini forum every month with various speakers making their presentation.
“Mr Chaudhry will be giving an update on the political situation in Fiji and how we can assist in ensuring that Fiji returns to parliamentary democracy after the September, 2014 election.
“The Movement exists to ensure that the restoration of democracy in Fiji is put at the forefront of discussion, debates and other engagements at all levels from political to the grassroots people and organizations,” the statement said.
In highlighting Mr Chaudhry’s achievements, the statement said: “Mr Chaudhary carries the record of being overthrown with fellow government members, twice at gunpoint and marched out of parliament into what, his nemesis thought was political oblivion. Mr Chaudhary was Minister for Finance in the Bavadra Government overthrown in Fiji’s first Military Coup of 1987 and then again as Prime Minister in the failed coup of George Speight in 2000. With a reputation as a power politician and his never say die attitude, he is fast becoming known as Fiji’s Come Back Kid of Politics.”
The statement failed to highlight that Mr Chaudhry was also part of the Bainimarama cabinet line-up in 2007 as Minister of Finance, Sugar Reform Public Enterprise and National Planning. He resigned a year later.
When asked whether the movement will give the proposed party to be formed by the Prime Minister a chance to speak at their forum, Mr Waqatairewa said: “I have no problem with that, the door is open for them. But we do not advocate the kind of democracy that Mr Bainimarama is advocating.”
Last year, Social Democratic Liberal Party executive, Dr Tupeni Baba was guest speaker at the Movement’s annual general meeting.
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