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Bainimarama, Bishop Discuss Way Forward

Prime Minster Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday met with Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, “to discuss the way forward.” Mr Bainimarama said in Sydney that “they (Australia) no doubt have recognised
25 Aug 2014 20:18
Bainimarama, Bishop Discuss Way Forward
Flying Fijians at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva

Prime Minster Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday met with Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, “to discuss the way forward.”

Mr Bainimarama said in Sydney that “they (Australia) no doubt have recognised what Fiji has done over the last couple of years, especially over the last few months to move us to elections and of course parliament democracy. Not only Australia but also NZ.”

He did not elaborate. On returning to the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr Bainimarama said if they won the elections they would re-look at joining the PIF.

He added: “The Pacific Islands Forum, and the Commonwealth, were not very kind to us and I know, I can understand what happened because of what I did in 2006.

“But we have to look at our relationship when we go back on line after the elections. We also have a Pacific Island Development Forum that has gone really well.”

On the election, he was confident about about winning. Referring to the latest Razor Research/Fiji Sun weekly poll which puts him at 74 per cent in the lead, he said, that him and his party needed to continue to work towards increasing those numbers. He said that voters in Fiji needed to be convinced to vote for FijiFirst “because that is the only party in Fiji which has a vision for Fiji”.

He confirmed that they missed a couple of areas to campaign in last week because he was sick. He said he would need to cover those areas when he returned to Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama urged voters to look at the vision of the political parties. He said: “We have a vision. We hope we will come together and back the Constitution.

‘‘The Constitution was put together by the people of Fiji and hopefully at the end of the day, it will help our children and grand children in the future.”

Protesters were on show outside Saturday’s “talanoa session” in Canterbury, however it was not noticed by the PM until he was escorted into his vehicle after the talanoa session. He was delighted and overwhelmed by the support he received over the last few days.

He arrived on Friday to attend campaign rallies. He flies back to Fiji today.

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