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FLP Attacks Govt, Fiji Sun But Short On Poll Policies

The Fiji Labour Party (FLP) used its annual delegates conference yesterday to launch a scath­ing attack on the Government and the Fiji Sun newspaper. Mention of the party’s of­ficial policies
19 Nov 2017 18:25
FLP Attacks Govt, Fiji Sun But Short On Poll Policies
FLP Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry

The Fiji Labour Party (FLP) used its annual delegates conference yesterday to launch a scath­ing attack on the Government and the Fiji Sun newspaper.

Mention of the party’s of­ficial policies going into the 2018 general elections was kept at a bare minimum.

Speakers at the meeting in Suva instead attacked Govern­ment policies.

Party leader and one-time Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry also joked that the current Government be re­moved in the same way as Zim­babwe’s long-serving leader Robert Mugabe.

“Going on a lighter note, and as we approach the end of the week, there were two re­ports in the media this week that caught my attention,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“One was of course, as has al­ready been mentioned, was the fall of Mugabe from power af­ter a long, long time and I hope we can do it a bit earlier here than that.”

He accused the media of de­liberately ignoring – and as a result weakening – members of the Opposition, singling out the Fiji Sun newspaper and the Fiji Broadcasting Corpora­tion. He praised the Fiji Times.

Mr Chaudhry criticised the recently announced Nation­al Development Plan (NDP), which he said should not have been launched thousands of miles away at COP23.

“It’s a big roadshow, this so-called COP23 and this climate change conferences,” the for­mer PM added.

He said he did not have any­thing against the Prime Min­ister, Voreqe Bainimarama, assuming the presidency of the climate summit but only wanted to him to spend more time in Fiji.

The conference included Fa­ther Kevin Barr, party Presi­dent Lavinia Padarath, former Fiji National University vice-chancellor Ganesh Chand, po­litical activist Jone Dakuvula and lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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