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Opposition ‘Wear’ Black Ribbons

Members of the Opposition wore black ribbons led by their leader Ro Teimumu Kepa during the first parliamentary sitting yesterday. But some could not be seen because of the way
10 Feb 2016 10:57
Opposition ‘Wear’ Black Ribbons
Leader of the Opposition wears her black ribbon at yesterday's Parliament session. Photo: Litia Cava.

Members of the Opposition wore black ribbons led by their leader Ro Teimumu Kepa during the first parliamentary sitting yesterday.

But some could not be seen because of the way they were worn. The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama suggested some appeared to be hiding them.

Mr Bainimarama said the black ribbons indicate the SODELPA party was beginning to die out.

Mr Bainimarama said democracy in Fiji was not dying as claimed by the Opposition. However, that was the sign their party was.

“First, I thought they were mourning for suspension of the National Federation Party members. But then it just shows their party is dying,” he said.

Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in Parliament it would be a different picture if the Opposition were on their side; they would have said that democracy was growing instead of dying

 

Opposition

The Fiji Sun spoke to few opposition members among them was Niko Nawaikula, who said the significance of the black ribbon was to show their concern on the treatment done to the National Federation Party because what was done to them was harsh.

“This is also a sign to show that democracy is dying in Fiji because of many reasons; for example this morning they moved in a motion without notice they tried and they succeeded moving a motion to suspend a standing order  in order to sneak in a motion; that paints a bad picture on democracy.”

Outspoken Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu did not wish to comment and so did Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca.

Shadow Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Salote Radrodro said the black ribbons indicated their concerns on how their speaking opportunity in Parliament had been allegedly sabotaged.

“This is a sign that democracy in Fiji is dying,” she said.

Anare Vadei also shared the same sentiments saying and said it was becoming the rise of hypocrisy.

Ratu Suli Matanitobua when approached claimed the black ribbon indicated a death in his family and Semesa Karavaki said in iTaukei that the ribbons represented the death of the King of Fiji.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 

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