Publish date/time: 07/03/2014 [17:10]
The Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa is now the President and Leader of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party.
She was unanimously elected as the Leader by the party management and the announcement was made in the Special General Assembly at the FTA Hall.
Ro Teimumu has also announced that she will contest the general elections later this year.
While speaking as party leader to over 200 people gathered, Ro Teimumu said SODELPA will ensure that religion will be allowed to be practiced openly in any institution without any limitations.
She said that if SODELPA wins, then God will be put in it’s rightful place.
She also questioned why the Fiji Military Forces and the Police are not subject to any religious restrictions.
Ro Teimumu said both these institutions are allowed to pray together.
SODELPA has also revealed that their intention is to ask the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the status in law of the 1997 constitution.
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Ro Teimumu said if SODELPA comes into power after the elections, it will resume a multi party government with the Fiji Labour Party and will invite like-minded parties to join.
She also laid out SODELPA’s plan for the first 100 days in office which include the removal of any restrictive decrees, removal of the restrictions that were placed on the Methodist Church of Fiji, undertake a comprehensive review of the legality of the Fiji National Provident Fund’s unilateral reductions of pension entitlements and ensure that pension contractual agreements are honoured.
Ro Teimumu also said that the Fijian Affairs Board and Multi Ethnic Affairs scholarships will be brought back.
SODELPA also said that it will reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs.
Ro Teimumu said the Land Use Decree and the Mahogany Decree will also be abolished and all itaukei land will only be managed by the Itaukei Land Trust Board.
She said the Chairman of the TLTB will be chosen by the landowners.
Ro Teimumu said the equal distribution of lease money to landowning units will also be reviewed as she claims the current system is effectively destroying the communal foundation of the indigenous Fijian society.
SODELPA also said that if it forms government after the elections, it will seek traditional reconciliation meetings with the military under its new leadership.
Ro Teimumu also welcomes the pledge from Army Commander, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga that the military will be non-political.
Those who attended the Special General Assembly included Mahendra Chaudhry, Lavenia Padarath, Viliame Gavoka, Leba Qarase, Raman Pratap Singh, Mick Beddoes and Attar Singh.
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Story by: Vijay Narayan and Gwen McGoon