Friday, August 22, 2008

Stick to your promises, says NFP

Stick to your promises, says NFP

8/21/2008
Fiji should not lose the confidence of Pacific countries and should do something to win back their support.
National Federation Party president Raman Pratap Singh said Fiji’s relationship with other Pacific islands would be ruined if the interim government did not stick to the promises it made at the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga last year.
The leaders at their retreat yesterday stated they were concerned about the failure of the interim government to attend the Niue meeting and called on Fiji to hold a general election in March next year.
“It is wrong for the interim government not to abide by its promises and this could affect Fiji’s relationships with other Pacific island countries,” said Mr Singh.
“A promise was made and the interim government’s decision not to abide by it would spoil the image of the country not only in the Pacific but all over the world.
“Not only we are losing our good name but also the trade relations with other Pacific island countries is at stake and I think the interim government should stick to the guidelines it had put forward last year,” said Mr Singh.
He said Fiji was still capable of holding a general election next year provided it was done under the present constitution.
“We can still have elections by March next year provided if there is no charter in place,” said Mr Singh.
“The country is capable of elections next year but the proposed charter will delay the process because of the electoral reforms it is trying to implement.”
Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had said the election would only be held once the election reform was in place.
Stick to your promises, says NFP

8/21/2008
Fiji should not lose the confidence of Pacific countries and should do something to win back their support.
National Federation Party president Raman Pratap Singh said Fiji’s relationship with other Pacific islands would be ruined if the interim government did not stick to the promises it made at the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga last year.
The leaders at their retreat yesterday stated they were concerned about the failure of the interim government to attend the Niue meeting and called on Fiji to hold a general election in March next year.
“It is wrong for the interim government not to abide by its promises and this could affect Fiji’s relationships with other Pacific island countries,” said Mr Singh.
“A promise was made and the interim government’s decision not to abide by it would spoil the image of the country not only in the Pacific but all over the world.
“Not only we are losing our good name but also the trade relations with other Pacific island countries is at stake and I think the interim government should stick to the guidelines it had put forward last year,” said Mr Singh.
He said Fiji was still capable of holding a general election next year provided it was done under the present constitution.
“We can still have elections by March next year provided if there is no charter in place,” said Mr Singh.
“The country is capable of elections next year but the proposed charter will delay the process because of the electoral reforms it is trying to implement.”
Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had said the election would only be held once the election reform was in place.

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