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Rabuka steps down

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FORMER prime minister Major General Sitiveni Rabuka has quit politics, labelling his departure a non-regrettable one.

The Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) party founder and leader said it was time to move on and step aside from politics.

He will not contest next year's general election.

"I leave with no regrets, except for the way I entered, for which I have publicly apologised," Maj-Gen Rabuka said.

"I am stepping out of all political activities. I am very grateful for all the support I received from a large part of the Fiji population while in party politics."

Maj-Gen Rabuka, who will continue to live in Suva, said he had informed close friends and party members of the SVT about his decision.

Describing his term as prime minister from 1992 to 1999, Maj-Gen Rabuka said he did his best for the people and didn't regret any changes made during his term.

"I changed what I wanted to change," he said. Maj-Gen Rabuka is pleading with aspiring and future politicians to act justly and walk humbly before God.

The disbanded Great Council of Chiefs severed links with the SVT party in 2001.