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PM Says NFP Showed Disrespect

  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is disappointing that the National Federation Party (NFP) boycotted yesterday’s ceremonial opening of Parliament. He said the NFP chose to display such disrespect
13 Sep 2016 11:54
PM Says NFP Showed Disrespect

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is disappointing that the National Federation Party (NFP) boycotted yesterday’s ceremonial opening of Parliament.

He said the NFP chose to display such disrespect for the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

“This was the formal opening of the 2016 session by our Head of State, who is above politics and represents all Fijians,” he said.

“It was a state occasion, not a formal Parliamentary session. And by not attending, the NFP has shown contempt for the State and the institution of Parliament.”

The NFP said in a statement that the management board decided that the Parliamentary caucus boycotts the President’s address for the new term of Parliament in protest over what it called the “continuing political persecution and intimidation of the Opposition and the draconian muzzling of free expression and assembly in Fiji.

That was why NFP leader Biman Prasad and NFP Parliamentary Whip  Prem Singh did not attend.

The party said the management board chaired by party President  Roko Tupou Draunidalo were strongly of the view that the MPs were not elected to be props for the FijiFirst Government.

It made reference to the arrest of Mr Prasad and five others last weekend over a panel discussion on the sugar industry.

Meanwhile, SODEPLA chose to wear black ribbons. Opposition leader Ro Teimumu said it was to “express with concern the continued efforts to silence any noise of dissent.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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