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Political party winds up

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

THE United People's Party is no more.

This after the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) made the decision to wind up the party in accordance with the provisions of its constitution.

The UPP's end was announced in a statement yesterday.

The statement said the party would not be re-established and also called on party members and supporters to join one of the three other main political parties, the SDL, FLP or NFP as direct individual financial members.

The NEC said this move was in keeping with the UPP's core beliefs in promoting 'multi-racial politics' in Fiji.

By joining other parties as direct members, the NEC said former UPP supporters would effectively help to alter the 'DNA' of these parties ethnic mix through a more natural process.

The statement said the party hoped that in time this would yield a more 'multi-racial' structured political entity, in turn would encourage meaningful shift in policies and objectives to properly reflect increasing multiracial membership. Party president Mick Beddoes said he and the members of the NEC were truly grateful and appreciative of the loyalty and dedication of the members and supporters of the party over the many years.

Mr Beddoes said he was humbled and thankful to his constituents for their confidence in him by electing him twice to Parliament in 2001 and 2006 and he hoped that his performance on their behalf was worthy of their support.

Tebbutt Times leadership Polls published from 2003 to 2006 showed the UPP enjoyed broad appeal from all segments and communities in Fiji between 52 per cent and 64 per cent.


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