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SODELPA Rings In Sweeping Changes

Ro Teimumu Kepa has lost her party leader role under sweeping changes to SODELPA’s constitution approved by party members yesterday. But she continues as Opposition leader. A transition period will
11 Sep 2015 11:09
SODELPA Rings In Sweeping Changes
Savenaca Kamikamica at the SODELPA AGM yesterday. Photo: RAMA

Ro Teimumu Kepa has lost her party leader role under sweeping changes to SODELPA’s constitution approved by party members yesterday.

But she continues as Opposition leader. A transition period will allow for the changeover to a successor who will be appointed by June next year. The position will be advertised and applicants will go through the stringent selection criteria.

The changes are in the constitutional amendments overwhelmingly voted by party members in the annual general meeting in Suva.

The amended constitution says the party leader shall lead the party to the general election. He or she becomes parliamentary leader and Prime Minister if the party wins. If the party loses, he or she ceases to become party leader. If the party becomes the majority Opposition, the elected members of Parliament elect a parliamentary party leader among themselves who they will nominate as Opposition Leader. Last year, Ro Tedium assumed the role of Leader of the Opposition before MPs endorsed her because she was also party leader.

As part of the changes, Ro Teimumu’s adviser, Mick Beddoes, the Opposition Office’s principal administration officer, his

Assistant Adi Laufitu Malani and other staff will have to reapply for their jobs.  Their positions will be readvertised  under new terms and conditions designed to raise the bar. The management board is now responsible for the  selection and recruitment of staff. Ro Teimumu and Mr Beddoes did it last year after the election.

The changes are aimed at lifting performance and positioning  SODELPA for

the 2018 general election. Ro Teimumu and Mr Beddoes could not be reached to comment last night.

Party members overwhelmingly voted in favour of the proposed amendments compiled by lawyer and party adviser Adi Litia Qionibaravi.

They rejected a rival submission, said to come from the parliamentary caucus, which wanted  to maintain the status quo. Some of the MPs were not aware of it. Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca, Mr Beddoes and Adi Laufitu promoted it but failed to convince the members.

Other changes include:

– The Management Board, under Ratu Naiqama, assumes more responsibilities

– The National Executive Committee has been scrapped.

– Party leader reports to Management Board

– Party president takes on more responsibilities. He or she is the chairperson of the supreme authority of the party which is the Annual General Assembly. The holder chairs a four-member Presidential Council.  The three members shall each be appointed as political advisor, economic advisor and legal advisor.

– Three vice-presidents instead of two.

Management board

COMING IN

– Timoci Bulitavu
– Ratu Kilipati Vakalalabure
– Mitieli Bulanauca
– Ratu Tevita Niumataiwalu
– Peceli Rinakama
– Viliame Ravunilagi
– Ratu Sela Nanovo
– Luke Ratuvuki

GOING OUT

– Ratu Jone Kubuabola

– Sakiusa Raivoce

– Tupeni Baba

– Losena Salabula

 

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