FOUR INDIANS FOR SVT PARTY IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 15, 2001 - Daily Post/FijiLive)---Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei party leader Filipe Bole yesterday said they will field four Indo-Fijian candidates for the August general election.

And he confirmed they have received more applications from Indo-Fijians.

Mr. Bole said: "SVT has always promoted multi-racialism and having Indo-Fijians contest the election under the SVT banner will be wonderful. It will portray a living picture of multiracialism."

Mr. Bole stressed the only path forward for a racially torn Fiji is that of moderation and compromise. He said people, particularly the political leaders had to take a moderate approach to politics as time for extremism has gone.

"I am proud to say that the SVT is a party that promoted multiracialism. The 1997 Constitution is a product of that approach."

Meanwhile, Mr. Bole said he would contest the Suva City Fijian Urban Communal seat.

He contested the seat in the 1999 general election against Fijian Association Party’s Viliame Volavola, Fiji Labour Party’s Susana Tuisawau, Christian Democratic Alliance’s Lilly King and Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party’s Josaia Waqabaca. The seat was won by Mr. Volavola but Mr. Bole yesterday said he was comfortable in contesting the seat because of the short time left for the August polls.

Mr. Bole said the party was involved in talks with several parties for a possible political partnership for preference sharing but would not enter into any pre-election coalitions.

"I have met with six political leaders of different parties in the view of sharing preferences but we have not come to a concrete decision yet."

The parties include the Adi Kuini Speed-led Fijian Association Party, Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party, New United Labour Party and Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua.

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For additional reports from FijiLive, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/FijiLive.

 

NEW NATIONALIST PARTY LEADER CHOSEN IN FIJI

SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 17, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, son of the paramount chief who ceded Fiji to Great Britain -- Ratu Seru Cakobau -- has been chosen as the president of a new nationalist party, the Conservative Alliance.

As Radio Australia correspondent Ofa Kaukimoce reports from Suva, the party launch was attended by many chiefs who supported the May 19th civilian coup.

"The son of the late Bau chief, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, has been chosen President of the newly launched Conservative Alliance Party - the Matanitu Vanua.

"More than one thousand people, predominantly from provinces on Viti Levu, attended the party's launch.

"Party supporters, who backed last year's May coup, also traveled from the north and other parts of the country to show their support and contribute to the general offering.

"The party's secretary is onetime Information Minister and Northern Chief Ratu Josefa Dimuri.

"The party's national assembly - which is its highest authority – is comprised of one member from each of the country's 14 provinces.

"Supporters were reminded about the struggles and suffering they went through following last year's coup and they were urged to continue believing in the cause.

"Ofa Kaukimoce, Radio Australia, Suva."

 

FIJI'S FORMER RULING SVT PARTY JOINS FORCES WITH THE VLV

SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 16, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's former ruling SVT party has agreed to join forces with the Christian Democratic Party --or VLV -- which had broken away from the indigenous forum led by the SVT.

As Radio Australia’s Ofa Kaukimoce reports from Suva, the two indigenous parties have agreed to contest the August general elections under one banner.

"SVT Leader and one time deputy prime minister in the SVT government, Filipe Bole, says the two parties are currently studying two principles - whether they should field a common candidate to contest a particular constituency or field their respective candidates for the constituency and share preferences.

"Mr. Bole says the two parties have also agreed to work and assist each other in the upcoming general elections.

"The parties will resume talks on the partnership next Wednesday.

"The VLV party has the most members joining the new SDL Party, formed by caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. Its management feels that the only way it could survive is by forming a partnership with the SVT Party.

"Ofa Kaukimoce, Radio Australia, Suva."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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