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NFP: No coalition

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, December 09, 2013

THE National Federation Party will contest the election on its own.

NFP president Raman Singh clarified this at the party's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday night.

"We have not and will not form a coalition with the FLP, SODELPA, PDP or any other party yet to be hatched, for the purposes of contesting the general elections," he said.

Mr Singh said the party survived many challenges but the biggest for him personally was early this year when the party prepared to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

"We also faced the real possibility of extinction."

He said when the Political Parties Registration Decree came in place early this year, it seemed an impossible task for existing political parties to be able to meet the requirements.

"In fact, we are the only party to have survived that challenge and remain intact.

"For NFP the task was even more daunting as the decree outlawed two of our key personalities from holding office or even being members of the party."

Mr Singh also said in their tour around the country, they found that many ordinary people held the belief that an election would once again restore fully the rights, freedoms and democracy they had known before.

"Our immediate future will be hugely challenging and will require special skills and commitment from leaders," he said.