FIJI PARTY LEADER DENOUNCES DEMOCRACY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 27) - The president of Fiji’s ruling SDL party has reportedly attacked democracy as ill suited for the island nation.

Ratu Kalokalo Loki said the economic and social problems faced by indigenous Fijians and Rotumans are "brought about by the ravages of democracy."

The Daily Post reports that Ratu Kalokalo made the comment during his opening address at annual general meeting of the SDL party now under way in Suva.

He reportedly said the SDL party no longer believes in a government of national unity.

Instead, Ratu Kalokalo says the party only subscribes to the idea of unity in diversity.

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has also criticized the constitutional provision for a multi-party government, saying the idea is unworkable.

As well, Mr Qarase says it is better for indigenous Fijians to vote along racial lines because this would ensure they have a majority in the elections and form the government.

May 28, 2004

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