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‘We’re Working On Our Own Pre-Election’

 Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession. The
22 Sep 2018 10:00
‘We’re Working On Our Own Pre-Election’
HOPE party's president Roko Tupou Draunidalo
  •  Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession. The views and opinions expressed here in the article are those of Tupou Draunidalo and not of the Fiji Sun.

The HOPE party wants to make very clear again that we are not working with any party pre-election.

Six Opposition parties work together on elections issues and possibly other issues. We don’t with them.

This is a deliberate decision because we want the voters to have clear choices.

Vote for the Government; vote for one of those six with SODELPA and Rabuka at the helm; or vote for HOPE.

Three different brands

The past 12 years, the twenty years before that or HOPE for the now and into the future.

We can perhaps set it out a little bit more by this post on Facebook by the party leader, Tupou Draunidalo:

Distraught relative from Nailaga, Ba, messages me alarmed that indigenous Fijians are about to lose everything. I pour cold water on it and reminded him that we are about 65 per cent of the population and 99.99 per cent of the military.

We own and control everything.

I continued “As you have all seen, the only thing that can displace us is the coup culture.”

He asks what’s the solution, “Is all lost?”

I said “No, there is a very simple solution. Vote for Hope. End the coup culture. And relax, we will not be running around after coup makers, aiders and abettors when we are elected. We are law abiders, the constitution gives them all immunity. Done and dusted. They have been cleansed. Besides, we will have no time and no money to throw after bad decisions. We just want to go forward towards the liberal democracy we want to rebuild. No looking backwards, except to learn and avoid the mistakes.”

That certainly calmed things down a bit, we hope.

Apart from the substance of our policy papers which are being distributed online, in the dailies and on the ground- we also have a different style which is younger, fresh and keen to move on peacefully and lawfully into the future so that Fiji becomes a strong liberal democracy like Australia and New Zealand with high levels of private investment for more jobs, higher wages, excellent schools and hospitals and healthier retirement benefits through the FNPF.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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