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Top NFP 2 Split Over Rabuka

  The two top National Federation Party officials are split over Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA’s new party leader. President and suspended Member of Parliament Roko Tupou Draunidalo and party leader Biman
28 Jun 2016 15:12
Top NFP 2 Split Over Rabuka
Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka has been accepted by the SODELPA AGM as new party leader yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

The two top National Federation Party officials are split over Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA’s new party leader.

President and suspended Member of Parliament Roko Tupou Draunidalo and party leader Biman Prasad gave contradictory statements whether NFP should engage Mr Rabuka in talks.

Ms Draunidalo said: “We cannot be seen in any way to endorse another party that has – as a leader – one that has brought ruin to this country for the past 30 years.” Mr Rabuka led the 1987 military coups.

She said “People in Fiji are sick of coup and coup makers because they have brought us 30 years of disaster. If our party doesn’t have the courage to differentiate itself from parties and people that have the wrong focus or those that have participated in coups then I am wasting my time in Fijian politics.”

But Mr Prasad said the NFP would continue to work with SODELPA, even with Mr Rabuka at its helm.

He made the comments following a resolution passed by the working committee. It authorised the NFP leadership to “engage in dialogues with all political parties, in preparation for the 2018 general elections.”

The working committee met in Nadi on Sunday.

Mr Prasad said: “The NFP is a different political party and SODELPA is different so we don’t get influenced by any decision made by SODELPA or any other party.”

However, Mr Prasad said since both NFP and SODELPA were Opposition parties in Parliament they would continue to engage in any dialogues as it has always.

“We understand the change in SODELPA, and nothing will change from our side.”

He maintained that in the lead-up to 2018 elections, NFP would seek to meet with Mr Rabuka.

Ms Draunidalo said: “I know that I have said that how a party governs itself is its own business but how our party reacts to them is our business.”

One Fiji Party leader Filimoni Vosarogo says they would  make a collective decision through their board if they were approached to work with other political parties.

This is after he was asked on whether they would be willing to work with the newly-appointed Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka if they were approached.

“We’ve just been informed of the results of their election on Friday. I haven’t had any word or approach from them since Friday.

“ I have not had any meeting with my board as well to discuss these issues,” he said.

Mr Vosarogo said he was not at liberty to make a sole decision on working with other parties.

“We definitely will have to put it through our board and then the board will make a collective decision on it.

“It’s just not with SODELPA; it will be with any other party should we get approached with it in the future,” he said.

He said they would clarify their position to work with other parties after their board meeting expected sometimes this week.

Several calls made to Fiji Labour Party’s Mahendra Chaudhary and People’s Democratic Party’s Lynda Tabuya remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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