Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka Retires From Politics In Fiji

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No regrets, except for how he entered politics in first place

By Serafina Silaitoga

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 30, 2013) – Former Prime Minister Major General Sitiveni Rabuka has quit politics in Fiji, labeling his departure a non-regrettable one.

The Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) party founder and leader said it was time to move on and step aside from politics; he will not contest next year's general election.

"I leave with no regrets, except for the way I entered, for which I have publicly apologized," Maj-Gen Rabuka said. "I am stepping out of all political activities. I am very grateful for all the support I received from a large part of the Fiji population while in party politics."

Maj-Gen Rabuka, who will continue to live in Suva, said he had informed close friends and party members of the SVT about his decision.

Describing his term as prime minister from 1992 to 1999, Maj-Gen Rabuka said he did his best for the people and didn't regret any changes made during his term.

"I changed what I wanted to change," he said. Maj-Gen Rabuka is pleading with aspiring and future politicians to act justly and walk humbly before God.

The disbanded Great Council of Chiefs severed links with the SVT party in 2001.

[PIR editor’s note: Rabuka has also announced he has no intention to participate in the Constituent Assembly after making his retirement public, saying he would "let the people playing on the ground determine what the ground will look like." Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to send out initiations to individuals and organizations for the Constituent Assembly's membership.]

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