PM Bainimarama to call for application from candidates to join his party
From FIJI LIVE
News Mon 03 Feb 2014
SUVA, Fiji —- 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, Commodore Bainimarama said he will be asking every Fijian- no matter who they are to join him.
“As you know, in some weeks I will stand down from the Military and a job I have dearly loved. I will be forming a political movement and I will be asking every Fijian – no matter who they are – to join me. Together, our task will be to fight a battle of ideas to determine the future of our nation. And in that battle of ideas, 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. That vision will be laid out in detail during the election campaign, he said.
“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.
Commodore Bainimarama said his government has achieved significant goals in the past eight years and the challenge would be to build on the progress so far.
“The coming weeks and months promise to be challenging and also immensely exciting. Everything my Government and I have worked for over the past seven years is coming to a climax with the general election before the end of September.
When the new Parliament is chosen – with every Fijian 18 years and over having an equal say for the first time – our revolution will be largely complete. But I want to stress that the task of building our new and better Fiji will be only just beginning. The foundation will have been laid but the real hard work is still to come,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
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.