May 22, 2014 11:27:57 AM
The Social Democratic Liberal Party will reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs when they come into power says party leader Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa.
Speaking to FijiLive, Ro Teimumu said the GCC was the pinnacle of Fiji Institutions and it had its special provisions in the 1997 constitution.
“We recognise the importance of the GCC in the life of indigenous Fijians because it has Fijians traditional structure right down to urban or rural people,” Ro Teimumu said.
Ro Teimumu said the GCC was not only recognised in the country but also by various overseas mission up until it was abolished by the current government.
“This is now missing in the 2013 constitution which was made up by only two people- Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum,” she claims.
Ro Teimumu confirmed that SODELPA would also contest the validity of the 1997 Constitution when they come into power where the High Court would determine this.
“This is mainly because it’s important to 58 per cent of Fiji’s population who are indigenous Fijians.
“It is very important to us that this institution is constitutionally reinstated,” Ro Teimumu said.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari