FIJI MOVES TOWARD MULTIRACIAL PARTY

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By Davila Waqausa

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, April 6) - The concept of a multiracial party recently touted by former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka would be based on offering all races equal opportunities.

Mr Rabuka said yesterday he had had informal discussions with other parties on the plan and was hoping to get some groundwork done by October.

The Cakaudrove West Constituency meeting held at the weekend resolved that a broad-based group to be known as the Fiji Multiracial Alliance be proposed and to enter into an alliance with other parties.

"We have had informal talks on the FMA concept with other parties like the New Labor Unity Party, Fiji Democratic Party and the Fijian Association Party. We are hoping to lay the foundations by October and this will give us two years to the next general elections," he said.

The Constituency resolution would be moved at the Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei meeting to be held in Suva later this month. 

Talks of the disbandment of the party brought about the resolutions that were supported at the meeting at Savusavu on Saturday. The delegates moved "that the SVT not be disbanded, but for it to retain its identity and seek to enter into an alliance with other parties that support the development of a prosperous nation based on offering all people of all races equal opportunities while also offering hand-up affirmative action to disadvantaged groups, regardless of race or creed, forming a broad based cooperative group that could be called the Fiji Multiracial Alliance."

Mr Rabuka said the concept was arrived at after a very objective look at the party’s performance at the 1999 and 2001 General Elections.

"The delegates felt that with the Party’s international reputation enhanced by its achievement in arriving at a very successful resolution of our Constitutional Review in the promulgation of the 1997 Constitution, it would be a great loss to allow the party to be disbanded or renamed," he said.

April 6, 2004

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