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Kepa Supports Fijian As Common Name

The Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has finally expressed her support for ‘Fijian’ as our common name. She announced the major policy change in Parliament yesterday. A common identity is
13 Feb 2016 13:13
Kepa Supports Fijian As Common Name
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa in Parliament yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has finally expressed her support for ‘Fijian’ as our common name.

She announced the major policy change in Parliament yesterday.

A common identity is one of the key features of the 2013 Constitution. But SODELPA had originally rejected it, saying Fijian belonged exclusively to the iTaukei.

It was not clear last night whether SODELPA had endorsed the change because she is no longer party leader. Party officials could not be reached to comment. She announced the change during the doomed debate on a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

“In the case of the term ‘Fijian’ I myself welcome it. I address it for everyone.

“Why it was not initially accepted because it came through by a Decree. It was suddenly imposed upon us.”

She said if they given time to have consultations on it “I am sure everybody would have embraced it.”

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged Ro Teimumu for her support.

 

Edited by Maraia Vula

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