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Delay in appointment

Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 01, 2014

THE Social Democratic and Liberal Party will appoint its new leader on March 7.

The initial appointment, scheduled for yesterday, was postponed because of the weather conditions.

Senior party executive Dr Tupeni Baba said the general assembly, at a meeting last week, decided to appoint the new leader.

"The general assembly will entail some amendments to the party's constitution and more than 100 members are expected to attend the meeting," he said.

He said the meeting was a special one for the party because members would come from different parts of the country.

"The members will approve the amendments to the constitution as well as the party leader selected by the management board.

"We ask the members to come but it's hard time for some to come because of the weather conditions."

Seven applications for the party leader's post were received.

Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa is the front-runner for the job.

Last week she said she had made an application to lead the party.

"I also applied with others. I believe if you are applying for a certain position, you would be applying knowing that if the position is given to you, You are ready to serve in whatever capacity," she said.

She said the country only stood to benefit from leaders who provided for their people.

"I think the country is looking for leaders that they believe can provide a better future than what we have right now."