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Three candidates are emerging as front-runners in the battle for the Fiji Labour Party leadership.
Leading the race is Doctor Rohit Kishore followed closely by suspended lawyer Kini Marawai and current President Lavenia Padarath.
While current leader Mahendra Chaudhry is adamant that the party will wait till the results of elections are declared before the elected members elect a parliamentary leader, there is growing frustration within the party with this stance.
There are efforts within the party to hold a delegates meeting next weekend for members to elect a leader.
It is understood members are unhappy with the decision to wait till after the election.
Mr Chaudhry said yesterday: “We will wait until election results are announced and then the elected members of parliament will choose a parliamentary leader.”
n Doctor Rohit Kishore is not new to Fiji’s political landscape. He may be the change that the party desperately needs- a young, energetic, qualified former Lands Permanent Secretary, he would usher in a new direction for the party. Dr Kishore has weathered a campaign to malign him by Rajendra Chaudhry, Mr Chaudhry’s son, who left for Australia after his practice was suspended.
n Kini Maraiwai a former journalist and a Suva-based lawyer, had stood in the Lau/Taveuni/Rotuma open constituency on the Conservative Alliance (Matanitu Vanua) ticket. He lost to the late Savenaca Draunidalo by over 4000 votes. In 2012, he was suspended from practice as a legal practitioner in Fiji until March 1, 2016.
n Lavinia Padarath who won the Nausori Naitasiri Open Constituency for the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) in the 1999 parliamentary election. She was subsequently appointed as Minister for Women, Culture, and Social Welfare. She lost her seat in the House of Representatives in the general election of 2001, and failed to regain it in the 2006 election, but was appointed to the Senate as one of nine nominees of the Leader of the Opposition.