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Politics in Fiji will continue to be race-based given that our nation comprises of different ethnic communities.
This was mentioned by Opposition MP, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, while responding to the President’s speech in parliament today.
“There is always insecurity and fear amongst our communities and for the iTaukei it’s about the security of their land and for the non-iTaukei it is about the security of tenure. Therefore it is important that we should all come together as leaders and find amicable solution to allow communities to live together and work together in harmony and trust in one another.”
Ratu Naiqama said SODELPA is committed to recognising specific needs of each ethnic group, given the reality that Fiji comprises of indigenous Fijians, Fijians of Indian-decent and as well as other minority ethnic communities who all call Fiji their home.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, says the country is stronger and better because of his administration.
Speaking in Parliament Monday in response to the President’s address, Bainimarama said eight consecutive years of economic growth has lifted every Fijian regardless of their social status, gender, religion, ethnicity or physical capability.
“It’s given every Fijian a greater chance at realising their full potential. And it’s paved the way for a Fijian society that rewards on the basis of merit and achievement, and nothing else. So the next generation can pick up the ball and take themselves and Fiji as far as their abilities will carry them.”
Bainimarama said his government’s success was obvious.
“It can be seen in the development that is underway all across Fiji, roads, bridges, health centres and schools. It can be seen in the special effort my Government makes to care for those in need and cater for those in the remote pockets of our country. And it can be seen in the opportunities available to our children – opportunities their parents once only dreamed of having for themselves.”
Bainimarama told the house that FijiFirst’s success was owed to many and in particular the team leading the nation which has brought it to where it is today.
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