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Coalition talks for parties

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WITH only six months to the general election, the battle for the top spot has begun with some major political parties discussing a possible coalition.

This newspaper has received confirmation that three political parties — the Social Democratic Liberal Party, Fiji Labour Party and the National Federation Party — are likely to soon come under one umbrella.

Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry said FLP and SODELPA had agreed to a coalition although discussions were still on.

"At the moment, discussions are (underway). SODELPA and FLP have already agreed on that. I think I can say that much. We will issue a statement after everything is in place," Mr Chaudhry said.

NFP president Raman Pratap Singh said they were also discussing the matter.

"We are in the discussion stage under the United Front for Democratic Fiji umbrella," he said.

"The UFDF was formed for the restoration of democracy."

Asked why the parties wished to come together when they had been in opposition for so long, Mr Singh said they were coming together for the restoration of democracy.

"We are together for the restoration of democracy that is why we were formed.

"The reason for the formation is to bring back democracy to Fiji and to strengthen our organisation."

SODELPA senior executive Dr Tupeni Baba also confirmed the party under the UFDF has been discussing the possible coalition for some time now.

He said people should wait for Friday when SODELPA's new party leader would issue a statement.





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