FUFP leadership

THE Fiji United Freedom Party (FUFP) will discuss the party’s leadership issues during its board meeting in Suva today.

Party leader Jagath Karunaratne said the board’s decision would determine the direction the party would take in the lead-up to the 2018 polls.

Karunaratne was convicted of sedition by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday and is now disqualified from contesting this year’s general election.

According to the Constitution, any conviction for an offence that carries a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more disqualifies a person from contesting the election for a period of eight years. Sedition carries a maximum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment.

Karunaratne said his conviction did not stop the party from doing its work.

“I can remain in the party, the party will have people to run its affairs,” he said.

Karunaratne was convicted along with Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu.

Bulitavu and Karunaratne will be sentenced on April 19.