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Parties Engage In Unity Bid For Poll

SODELPA and Fiji United Freedom Party officials met yesterday in Suva to discuss a unity proposal. The meeting was part of a series of engagements they had over the past
05 Jan 2017 11:00
Parties Engage In Unity Bid For Poll
Jagath Karunaratne.

SODELPA and Fiji United Freedom Party officials met yesterday in Suva to discuss a unity proposal.

The meeting was part of a series of engagements they had over the past weeks to form a united front as they build up to the 2018 General Elections.

Party leader and president, Jagath Karunaratne said they had been having meetings with SODELPA on the proposed idea of united entity.

However, Mr Karunaratne said that most of these meetings were informal ones.

SODELPA general secretary, Adi Litia Qionibaravi said their meeting with FUFP was public information.

She added that they would continue to work with political parties who wished to co-operate with them.

Mr Karunaratne said the outcome of their meetings would determine the basis of moving towards the next general election.

He said they also held meetings with the Fiji Labour Party.

Mr Karunaratne added they would work on a fundamental framework.

He said for parties planning to work together they might come up with their own conditions and policies which needed to be considered too.

Mr Karunaratne said the basis of their party was unity.

He said they had the same ideology of unity with SODELPA .

Mr Karunaratne said fighting the elections would be another issue they needed to discuss.

He said the barrier lay between whether other political parties would agree to their ideas and would not entertain policy that promote discrimination.

Mr Karunaratne said they had approached other political parties to join them.

“We can achieve unity if we do it collectively as political parties and we are willing to co-operate. Our talks on unity with SODELPA will continue,” he said.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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