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NFP Stance Under Fire

NFP Stance Under Fire
NFP President Tupou Draunidalo (left) and Minister for Foreign Affairs outside Parliament.
August 28
09:25 2015

The National Federation Party yesterday failed to condemn and disassociate themselves from recent attempts to cause instability in our nation.

NFP President Tupou Draunidalo refused to be drawn into criticising any attemps to destabilise the nation, despite being a constant critic of the so-called coup culture in Fiji. She said she could not comment because the matter was before the courts.

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Timoci Natuva had criticised the Opposition for their silence over the alleged acts of sedition in the Western Division.

He suggested that silence by the Opposition, on the recent attempts to destabilise the nation, was tantamount to support.

Notably, the parliamentary response from the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was given to Viliame Gavoka, who suggested that MPs visit those detained on allegations of committing seditious acts.

When asked outside Parliament on her response to Mr Natuva’s ministerial statement, the Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa brushed off the Fiji Sun journalist.

“Go away from here, this is what you do, you eavesdrop on our conversations and you go and write about it. You’re one of those who write lies in your reports,” she said.

Mr Natuva assured all Fijians and investors that Fiji remained safe and secure and enjoyed a friendly environment.

He also said: “There is a reason to believe that there are more influential people behind these moves to create an illegal independent state and further racial antagonism is being mis-used to promote these ideologies.’’


Closed session:

Parliament met for about two hours yesterday in a closed session, to hear Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum deliver a ministerial statement.



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