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Prime Minister preaches unity during Christmas address

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 25, 2011) – As Fiji celebrates Christmas today, Prime Minister Commmodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all citizens to renew their commitment to the future of the country

In his Christmas message to the nation, Commodore Bainimarama said with a renewed commitment, Fiji will benefit from full social and gender equality and become a nation that protects the welfare and livelihood of all of its citizens and a nation that unitedly moves to strengthen its economy and modernalise along a progressive timeline.

"We, as a nation have accomplished many great things in 2011 and look forward to a holiday season and a New Year filled with joy, steeped in hope and surrounded by family," he said.

"This is a time when families and friends get together in warmth and happiness to remember the birth of Christ and the promises he brought to a troubled world- a world not unlike our own in this time with conflict and unrest.

"Always, and especially during the holidays, we must be concerned with the welfare of our fellow man and ensure that all members of the society experience the true spirit of the Christmas season."

"As this year comes to an end, we as Fijians can look across our great and developing nation with a sense of accomplishment."

"Most importantly, we celebrate a shared humanity among all Fijians from rural areas, to city centres and throughout our many islands," he added.

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