Fiji Labour Party Out Of Parliament For The First Time

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Leader Chaudhry: Poor ‘election result … not the demise of the party’

By Avinesh Gopal

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Sept. 26, 2014) – The Fiji Labour Party will continue to function despite its poor result in the 2014 General Election.

After being in government twice since 1987, this is the first time FLP is not represented in Parliament.

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the election result was not the demise of the party, as stated by some people.

"We are still convinced that the votes were rigged. The relevant authorities have not satisfactorily explained on the queries raised by political parties," he said.

"The election result doesn't reflect a free and fair election."

Chaudhry also said the party's management board met on Wednesday to discuss the election result as far as FLP was concerned.

He said the party would meet its candidates from around the country within the next two weeks, after which the party's national council meeting would be held. "The party will continue to function," he said.

After its formation in 1985, FLP contested its first general election in 1987 in coalition with the National Federation Party and won and formed the government.

In 1999, the FLP also dominated the composition of the People's Coalition Government, which also had parliamentarians from the Fijian Association Party and the Party of National Unity.

[PIR editor’s note: In other political party news FijiLive reported that ‘Felix Anthony has stepped down as leader of Fiji's People's Democratic Party citing "poor performance" at the recent election. ... Adi Sivia Qoro takes over as leader.’]

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