Friday, April 10, 2009

Fiji abrogation tragic, says Labour leader

Fiji abrogation tragic, says Labour leader
10/04/2009
More players on Fiji’s political scene have responded to the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution by the President, with the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) calling the act tragic and highly unfortunate.“The FLP reiterates its stand on the fundamentals of good governance, electoral reforms and a decisive move away from divisive race based policies which must be addressed before free and fair elections can be held,” FLP general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry said.“A coherent and holistic foundation needs to be set to take this country to the next elections and parliamentary democracy. All basic human rights and political rights as well as the safety and security of all our citizens must remain paramount,” Chaudhry said.In other reactions, former coalition partner of ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase’s SDL Party, the Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua Party said they would support the President in whatever course of action he takes.Fiji’s oldest party, the National Federation Party said they were saddened over the abrogation of the Constitution. NFP president Raman Singh said the economy would only become worse bringing unprecedented suffering to the people of Fiji.“We are particularly concerned that this development will render a severe blow to the sugar industry,” said Singh.

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