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‘Delegates will decide’

Labour leader, Chaudhry says process must be followed to elect party leader ROSI DOVIVERATA Lautoka A Fiji Labour Party delegates’ conference at the end of the month will determine whether
06 Jul 2014 10:12

Labour leader, Chaudhry says process must be followed to elect party leader

ROSI DOVIVERATA
Lautoka

A Fiji Labour Party delegates’ conference at the end of the month will determine whether party leader Mahendra Chaudhry will remain or otherwise.
Mr Chaudhry, when queried yesterday about having someone else in line to take over his position, said: “On matter of party leadership – that is a matter for delegates to decide. A leader is elected at the delegates’ conference of the party and that is the process.”
He spoke at a press conference after the party held a National Council meeting at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Lautoka yesterday.
The council is the governing body of the party which includes representatives from all branches. Close to 40 people were present including party nominees who were introduced to the council
On whether the payment of the $2million fine last week was a burden off his shoulders allowing him to concentrate on party campaigns, Mr Chaudhry quickly said: “I will get it back.”
Mr Chaudhry was convicted of violating the Exchange Control Act and was fined $2m by High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan.
Because of his conviction, Mr Chaudhry is disqualified from contesting the September elections.
“I’m still contesting that – that I will not be able to contest the election. My case is under appeal and hopefully if a stay is granted I will be able to contest,” he said.
The party is expected to name another batch of nominees soon.

rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj




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