FIJI POLITICAL PARTY REMOVES RACE RESTRICTIONS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 3) - The Fijian Political
Party, the SVT, is redefining itself and changing its constitution to allow
people of all races to join as members.

This follows the unanimous reelection of longtime former SVT
leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, as its new president.

Rabuka says they need general reconciliation to bring out the
best in Fiji and the party is gearing to embrace a policy that will stand for
one nation of many people.

He says it is time for a change after many of the SVT’s
indigenous supporters and chiefs have left the party.

He says chiefs are no longer the party’s priority, with their
place now taken by the commoners.

The SVT’s general secretary, Ema Druavesi, says Rabuka is the
only person who can bring about genuine reconciliation for all the people of
Fiji and he will definitely stand in the next general elections.

The SVT was set up for indigenous Fijians in 1991 and was the
ruling party for most of the decade until 1999.

June 3, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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