Bainimarama Denies Accusations Of Nearly $1 Million Salary

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Fiji PM says he’s reveal information once party registration complete

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 13, 2014) – Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has denied he receives a salary of $1.7 million [US$925,000].

Bainimarama did not reveal his salary but said the information will be available after his party's registration is completed.

Addressing Rotumans on the island today, Bainimarama said the claims made by a political party that he earns a salary as such is part of the "culture of malice and deceit that unfortunately many of the older politicians and political parties have practiced and continue to practice." "You will find out what my salary is after the registration of the proposed FijiFirst, when I will provide the declaration of my assets and liabilities to the Fijian Elections Office," Bainimarama said.

The kind of campaigning he said must be rooted out and instead political parties must "campaign on the basis of honesty, sincerity, and love and affection and without any pretentions." "This means telling all Fijians about your policies in a positive manner.

This means not lying to win people’s favour.

This means putting the interests of all Fijian people and Fiji first, before your own political careers," Bainimarama said.

"If we are all to progress as a nation and as a country and improve the lives of people, no matter where they are in Fiji, we must embrace leaders who are sincere, truly care for everyone irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background or gender.

"Leaders who have policies for development, modernization and improving the lives of all Fijians." Bainimarama will stay on after today's Rotuma Day celebration to meet with the Rotuma Island Council in a talanoa session tomorrow, followed by meetings with community representatives across Rotuma on Thursday before he returns to Suva.

The visit is his first since 2008.

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