POLITICS Retire Mahend: Poll Quit politics, 78 PER CENT of PEOPLE POLLED tell FIJI Labour PARTY leader
Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry should retire from politics, according to the latest Fiji Sun poll.
Seventy two per cent of those polled said this was the right time to step down.
Mr Chaudhry is awaiting sentence after his conviction of violating foreign exchange rules.
He had said earlier that he would announce his future plans after the sentence. He declined to comment last night.
It’s almost a reality now that Mr Chaudhry will not be able to stand in the September 17 general election. The question is: Should he step down now or wait until after his sentence. The uncertainty is creating uneasiness in the party.
Members are caught in a Catch-22 situation. Although they want him to lead the party in the election, they realise that the chances of him doing it are slim. They would like to think it’s a bad dream. But it won’t go away. It’s now turned into a nightmare. The big question is: Who will take over from him?
It was another good week for Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama and his proposed FijiFirst party.
He has jumped from 82 to 85 per cent in the Preferred Prime Minister poll. His proposed party has bounced back from 57 to 63 per cent in the preferred party responses. In the previous week, it had dropped from 66 to 57 per cent. The People’s Democratic Party shed one point from eight.
Fiji Sun’s ninth weekly poll
Q1: Have you registered and will you be voting in the upcoming election
Q2 Preferred Prime Minister in the upcoming elec- tion.
Voreqe Bainimarama 85%
Ro Teimumu Kepa 3%
Laisenia Qarase 1%
Mahendra Chaudhry 1%
Biman Prasad 1%
Less than 1%
Adi Sivia Qoro
Q3: Preferred Political Party in the upcoming elec- tion.
PM’s Proposed Fiji First party 63%
Don’t Know 27%
People’s Democratic Party 7%
Less than 1%
Fiji Labor Party
National Federation Party
Q4. Now that Mahendra Chaudhry has been convicted and cannot stand in the election, should he retire from politics?