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FijiFirst delivers, says PM

MAIKA BOLATIKI FijiFirst party leader and Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday promised his party would deliver the best to the Fijian people. Mr Bainimarama said people should
13 Jun 2014 09:26

FijiFirst Party leader Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, the Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the party’s launch at its Brown Street, Suva, headquarters yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

MAIKA BOLATIKI

FijiFirst party leader and Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday promised his party would deliver the best to the Fijian people.
Mr Bainimarama said people should look at what his Government has already delievered and judge them on that (See page 14). He was speaking at the FijiFirst launch at its headquarters in Brown Street, Suva.
He said he was not bothered by criticisms from the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) on some of the Government’s policies and the Constitution.
Mr Bainimarama said his Government had introduced land reforms that gave the iTaukei unprecedented protection, security and returns.
“For the first time we in Fiji now have commoner iTaukei people receiving equal distribution of land lease monies from the leasing of their lands. This, of course, is opposed by parties such as SODELPA who want to go back to the unfair and elite systems which only serve the few. FijiFirst of course will ensure that all iTaukei people – chief or commoner – will get treated fairly and equally,” he said.
He said the country’s Constitution, which had been hailed internationally as a modern, fair and just constitution, not only gave unprecedented protection to iTaukei land but also protected tenants.
“It incorporates for the first time enshrined socio-economic rights in a comprehensive Bill of Rights.” He said some politicians seeking the peoples’ vote in the September 17 elections were instrumental in working with some foreign countries to sabotage their country’s efforts.
Labasa businessman, Charan Jeath-Singh, who was at the launch, said he supported FijiFirst because it would look after the Indo- Fijians.
Former National Federation Party parliamentarian, Sayed Khaiyum, said he supported FirstFirst and its policies. The former party secretary of the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT), Ema Druavesi, also there, said she supported FjiFirst.
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