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Unity Fiji Adopts Open Door Policy For Partnerships with Other Parties

The Unity Fiji party is dis­cussing the possibility of unification with other politi­cal parties in either a pre-election partnership or a post-election coa­lition arrangement. Responding to questions sent by the
28 Dec 2017 12:00
Unity Fiji Adopts Open Door Policy For Partnerships with Other Parties
Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube

The Unity Fiji party is dis­cussing the possibility of unification with other politi­cal parties in either a pre-election partnership or a post-election coa­lition arrangement.

Responding to questions sent by the Fiji Sun, the former Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor and Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube said any political unification will not be done at the expense of the party’s ideals.

One of Unity Fiji’s primary driv­ing forces, he said, was its vision of a united Fiji, “under the shared national vision of unity in diver­sity ”.

Weeding out the disharmony caused by the existence of many political parties, that he said ‘po­larised’ the people of Fiji, will be central to that goal.

“We want to build unity from the bottom up and create an enabling political environment in which people appreciate the contribution that all ethnic groups have made to bring us to where we are today,” Mr Narube said.

“Let me add that in seeking unity with political parties, Unity Fiji will promote its founding princi­ples of unity in diversity, multira­cialism, lifting the quality of po­litical debate so we can solve our long-standing issues, and credible leadership that serves the people.”

The party was unveiled this Au­gust after quickly accumulating the required 5000 signatures, in­cluding backing from two senior western leaders, the Tui Nawaka Ratu Asaeli Driu Borabora Naevo and Ratu Tevita Makutu Vosailagi of the chiefly Nakuruvakarua clan in Nadroga.

Mr Narube labelled the party as a “credible alternative to other oppo­sition parties”.

“Obviously, consolidating the vot­er base makes the political parties stronger,” Mr Narube said.

“At the same time, we benefit from the synergies of fighting the elec­tions with a larger support base, a bigger organising team, and more resources.

“Ultimately, we will present a credible alternative government to the people of Fiji.”

He further urged Fijian voters to make an appearance on polling day and cast their votes, saying that: “Make those votes count by voting on issues that matters to our chil­dren and future generations.”

Unity Fiji also has high-profile figures like Adi Sivia Qoro, for­merly of the People’s Democratic Party, former Minister for Foreign Affairs Kaliopate Tavola and busi­nessman Satish Kumar.

The full candidate list is yet to be released.

Edited by Percy Kean

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