Fiji PM Vows to ‘Fight Battle Of Ideas’ In Election

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Bainimarama says party will ‘offer fresh vision’ of the future

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 2, 2014) – Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says his soon to be formed party will fight a battle of ideas to determine the future of the country.

Speaking at the Chinese New Year celebration in Suva today, Bainimarama said he will be asking every Fijian- no matter who they are to join him.

"We intend to win. We will not do so with arrogance. We will not do so by lying about the past or the future for that matter. On the contrary, we will offer a fresh vision for every Fijian and humbly seek their support," he said.

"That vision will be laid out in detail during the election campaign. But I can tell you now that its foundation will be continuing stability, a healthy and vigorous economy and a climate that encourages new investment to create and sustain."

"The foundation of this stability is the new Fijian constitution which amongst other things creates common and equal citizenry a prerequisite to any modern and successful nation-state."

"Our young people of course want interesting, satisfying jobs. They want to travel, to see the world, to have their horizons broadened. They want satisfying, fulfilling lives. They want to make a difference. They care about our environment. They want sustainable development. They are our future – the new Fiji – and we must work as hard as we can, with them, to see their dreams fulfilled."

He said his government’s initiative to allow young people to have equal opportunity to attain the highest level of education is not a handout but is a leg-up as it empowers the youth to build individual and national capacity.

Fiji will head to the polls in September and to date four political parties namely the Fiji Labour Party (FLP), National Federation Party (NFP), Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have registered to contest the general election.

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