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Rabuka To PM: Accept Me As Loyal Opposition Leader

  Opposition Leader of Parliament Sitiveni Rabuka calls on the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to accept his offer as Leader of the Loyal Opposition on the Parliament of Fiji. While
30 Nov 2018 10:02
Rabuka To PM: Accept Me As Loyal Opposition Leader
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relation and Youth and Sports Parveen Bala (left), with Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka outside Parliament on November 29, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Opposition Leader of Parliament Sitiveni Rabuka calls on the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to accept his offer as Leader of the Loyal Opposition on the Parliament of Fiji.

While delivering his speech in Parliament yesterday, Mr Rabuka said: “The two of us as coup leaders of 1987 and 2006 to work together to give back to the people of Fiji, the Fijians, a country they can all be proud of, a land of hope and glory to endure what’re befalls.”

He assured that the Opposition parties would be working together with the Government so that the Fijian people get the best out of the August House.

“We will continue to hold the Government accountable, as is the duty of the Loyal Opposition and offer the people a view of the alternative government,” he said.

Mr Rabuka acknowledged the increased number of women Parliamentarians. He highlighted that during his time, there were only two women members of Parliament.

“It is encouraging to experience the progress we have made this far in ensuring the effective participation of women in all aspects of national leadership,” he said.

“I am also proud that I opened the door to recruit women into the (Republic) Fiji Military Forces when I was Commander.”

Commenting on the Elections result, Mr Rabuka strongly believed that: “the low voter turnout emanates from the difficult political environment faced by voters to freely make their democratic choice, because of the number of legislations in place that undermine our true democracy.

“The FijiFirst Government has been elected to run Government in the next four years, the margin of a very narrow majority of just over 50.02 per cent of those who

cast a valid vote, and I agree with those Honorable members who have said in this honorable house that ‘won is a win’ no matter what the margin.”

Mr Rabuka acknowledged the ad- dress by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

However, he stated that the Opposition members had expressed reservations about what they had perceived from the President’s opening address as selective references to the 1987, 2000 and 2006 Coups in Fiji.

He highlighted that President Konrote reminded the House of the 1987 and 2000 events where on both occasions a democratically- elected government was removed at gun point however failed to state the 2006 events where a democratically-elected government was removed by the military Commander himself.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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