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Qarase Joins Campaign Team

Former PM puts his weight behind SODELPA AQELA SUSU vunisinu, rewa Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has joined the campaign trail for the general elections in September. Mr Qarase was
11 Jul 2014 08:05

Former PM puts his weight behind SODELPA
AQELA SUSU
vunisinu, rewa
Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has joined the campaign trail for the general elections in September.
Mr Qarase was the chief guest at Social Democratic Liberal Party’s (SODELPA) campaign at Vunisinu Village in the Dreketi district, Rewa, last night.
The village hall – venue of the meeting – was filled with about 100 villagers.
Mr Qarase was joined by his wife Leba Qarase, candidate nominee Tomasi Vakatora and other party officials.
Mr Qarase spoke to the villagers on the 2013 Constitution, the decrees in place and the financial status of the country.
He claimed the Constitution did not consider the views and opinions of all Fijians compared to the 1997 Constitution.
Meanwhile, youths attending the campaign commended the address given by the former party leader.
Navovula Youth Club president Sailosi Rasigatale, 25, said the meeting was educational compared to what he had previously heard during the FijiFirst’s campaign meet at Nakorovou Village on Wednesday night.
“Tonight’s meeting offered us different information about what we were told by another party last night but when I heard what SODELPA discussed with us it was very educational and offered a lot; therefore I have assured myself that I have given my support for this party,” Mr Rasigatale said.
“This is because some of the things that I was confused about especially with the selection of magistrates and high court judges had been explained well to us and I think all iTaukei people should vote for them because their policies value the rights of the iTaukei people.”
Fiji National University student Leslie Vatucawaqa, 24, said the meeting was very enlightening especially for the youths.
“The meeting was very good because the party was able to elaborate to us about the judicial system, the bill of rights, the Constitution and the surfing decrees and I believe in the party’s policies because they value and protect the values and rights of all Fijians,” he said.
Mr Qarase also spoke about the different decrees in place by the Bainimarama Government.
“The Land Use Decree is very dangerous,” Mr Qarase said.
He said the surfing decree had taken away the rights of the iqoliqoli owners.
However, Attorney-General and FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during their meeting at Nakorovou Village on Wednesday night said: “All the surfing decree did was remove the exclusivity … and you can’t get exclusivity of a wave.
“What’s happening now is tourists are coming in and hiring the punts and boats of nearby villagers and they are able to make money,” he said.
“It is in no way threatening the iqoliqoli rights and the rights of the iTaukei people.”
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