NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN FIJI PROMISES SOLUTIONS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 29, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's newest political party, the United Fiji Party, has promised to ''Free Fiji from all its troubles.''

Led by Interim Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, the SDL party, at its official inauguration, reassured the South Pacific country that one of its platforms is a commitment to see a "prosperous and peaceful Fiji."

At the same time, the party is pursuing a pro-indigenous stance, and offering to unite Fijians who have been fragmented politically.

The party also supports a review of the 1997 constitution, claiming that the majority of Fijians are unhappy with the document.

SDL hopes to secure a majority in the upcoming August election and form the next government.

The party has also announced that it has no racial restrictions on membership.

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