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Confident Chaudhry set for today

Manifesto launched as he waits Court of Appeal ruling. FARISHA AHMED Suva The Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry is confident that he will be contesting this year’s election as
02 Aug 2014 08:14

Manifesto launched as he waits Court of Appeal ruling.

FARISHA AHMED
Suva

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry

The Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry is confident that he will be contesting this year’s election as the leader of the party. He is hopeful for a positive ruling on his appeal from the Fiji Court of Appeal, overturning the conviction stopping him standing.
“I have always been a confident person and I will continue on that,” he said.
When questioned about the chances of a successor if there were any setback in the ruling, he said: “We will cross the bridge when we come to it.”
The party has clearly expressed their interest of coalition with the Social Democratic Liberal Party.
His reasons for coalition are to remove the Bainimarama Government.
Labour will be launching its comprehensive manifesto today at the Fiji Muslim League’s Zanana Hall in Toorak, Suva at 10am.
Some of the issues that will be highlighted in the manifesto are the daily challenges faced by the nation, particularly the plight of poor people, and it also addresses the problem of poverty, unemployment and cost of living.
“We will also be highlighting our strategies for growing the economy and focus on agriculture, sugar industry, fisheries and forestry and on indigenous issues on land, trade union rights, human rights and pension for old age , and the Fiji National Provident Fund benefit which was reduced by the regime.”
The party is also very critical of Value Added Tax (VAT).
“We were the first government to remove VAT from essential food items and other items in use in household on a daily basis but this regime has increased the VAT from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent thus pushing the cost of everything up.”
Last night the party had organised an informal get together for the youths at the party’s headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva.
Youths from around Vatuwaqa, Lami, Kinoya, Raiwaqa and around Suva were part of this get together where the party president Lavenia Padarath spoke.
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