Fiji Candidate: ‘Without Genuine Democracy, We Cannot Build Country’

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Fiji Candidate: ‘Without Genuine Democracy, We Cannot Build Country’ FNFP Leader Prasad at campaign rally: Democracy matters’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Sept. 9, 2014) – Without a genuine democracy, we cannot build our country, says Fiji National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Speaking at a rally in Labasa, Professor Biman said without genuine democracy, investors will not invest and create good jobs, individuals will not take risks and open new businesses.

And as a result, people in Fiji, he says will not be able to increase their incomes, not be able to increase their retirement incomes, not be able to further reduce VAT.

"This is why democracy matters to you and your families," Professor Biman said.

With a democractic country, Fiji would be able to restore and sustain economic growth.

"I have said before that given the scale of challenges facing our country, we need at a minimum a decade of more than five percent of economic growth," Professor Biman said.

"This is more than three times the average rate of economic growth of the Bainimarama years." "We need to do that not because economists say this is a good thing.

We need to do that because; we want to create 4000 new jobs per year for our children leaving schools and universities.

We want these 4000 new jobs for our children to pay no less than $8,000 per year." Professor Biman said with positive economic growth, the country would then be in a position to reduce national debt and as a result gain the trust of markets.

He further appealed to the older voters to think about what's best for their children and their grandchildren's future when they are casting their votes.

"Our children and grandchildren will judge us harshly if we waste this historic opportunity to vote for a government that promotes democracy and protects the human rights of all citizens."

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