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Fijians to Soon Celebrate Second Free Election; PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama believes a free election is the start to freedom and democracy. This was the message by the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the 73rd United
30 Sep 2018 12:24
Fijians to Soon Celebrate Second Free Election; PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (fourth from left- front)) with the Fijian delegation, members of the Fijian community in New York and staff from the Fijian mission at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly hall in New York. Photo: Deptfo News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama believes a free election is the start to freedom and democracy.

This was the message by the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly hall in New York.

“Fiji will soon celebrate national elections for the second time since our return to democracy. I say celebrate with a purpose, because truly free elections are the very starting point for democracy and freedom.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama said he is proud of what Fiji has accomplished in the Fijian democracy.

“Where we once had only the shell of democracy, we have now pierced that shell, and we have brought the Fijian people into a genuinely inclusive society in which minority rights are respected and all citizens are equal not just in name, but in fact.”

“That is the great promise of the 2013 Fijian Constitution, which has been the beacon for our progress through its vast array of political and socio-economic protections for every Fijian.”

He said Fiji has reinforced our democracy by passing laws to empower girls and women and protect them from violence.

“We have reformed our education system so that it provides real opportunity for all Fijians, regardless of income and regardless of whether they live in the capital or the most remote islands and regardless of gender.”

Meanwhile, with Fiji’s COP23 Presidency ending, Mr Bainimarama said the struggle to fight global warming and to end the degradation of our oceans will continue to be Fiji’s highest priority.

“Every year he had met with thousands of men, women and children who had suffered the latest wave of climate related impact, the cyclone, the flooding and the prolonged droughts and the a rising sea level,” he said.

“I meet with the farmers whose crops have been washed away, the teachers and students who have lost their schools, and the families’ whose homes have been destroyed.

“They want their Prime Minister to demand that the world take action on their behalf.

“What matters now is action.”

“I am confident that I speak on-behalf of all Fijians and Pacific Islanders when I say that; I lose patience with National leaders who proclaim their deep concern of climate change and then do little or nothing to lead their nations on a more ambitious path to reducing greenhouse gas emission.”

He emphasised that leaders who ignored these threats are either tragically short sighted or simply engaging on a more cynical form of betrayal and all their people will bear the burden.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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