SODELPA does not support Fijian to be common name for all – Qarase
Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase
Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said that the Social Democratic and Liberal Party will maintain its stand that it does not support the name Fijian to be used as a common name for all citizens of the country.
While speaking to villagers in Namosi, Qarase said that this is the idea by the current government to bring about equal citizenry.
He said this is one of the major concerns from SODELPA regarding the constitution and he believes that the name Fijian should only be given to the i-Taukei.
Qarase said the i-Taukei should be consulted on the usage of the name.
He also claimed in the campaign meeting that he has some friends who belong to other groups who told him that they do not want to be called Fijians and they totally disagree with the common name.
He also told the villagers of Namosi that SODELPA will make changes to the constitution if they form the next government.
Equal citizenry is guaranteed in the 2013 constitution.
It states in the preamble that “we the people of Fiji declare that we are all Fijians united by common and equal citizenry”.
The constitution states that all citizens of Fiji shall be known as Fijians.
Any changes to the constitution will require the support of 75% of the members of parliament and 75% of the registered voters in the country.
Story by Aliki Bia