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Chief in the race

Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 08, 2014

THE Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, is ready to take on Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the much-awaited 2014 election.

This after the vocal 68-year-old chief was yesterday voted president and leader of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party .

"We (SODELPA) look forward to taking him (Commodore Bainimarama) on in free and fair elections and subjecting him to a resounding defeat," Ro Teimumu said.

She was unanimously elected as the leader by the party management and the announcement was made in the party's special general assembly at the Fijian Teachers Association Hall in Suva yesterday.

Speaking to more than 300 people, Ro Teimumu said SODELPA would ensure its decisions were made to protect and save Fiji.

She said SODELPA would redirect Fiji to God.

"On this day (yesterday) I declare to you before the nation that SODELPA will always recognise the supreme presence and power of the almighty God.

"He is the source of divine blessing not only for us as individuals and members of communities but also for Fiji as a nation."

Ro Teimumu also outlined that religion would be allowed to be practised openly in any institution without any limitations.

She also revealed SODELPA intends to ask the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the status in law of the 1997 constitution.

Ro Teimumu said if SODELPA won, it would resume a multi-party government with the Fiji Labour Party and would invite like-minded parties to join.

She said SODELPA intended to reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs and bring back the Fijian Affairs Board and Multi Ethnic Affairs scholarships.

Ro Teimumu also said if SODELPA won the election, the Land Use Decree and the Mahogany Decree would be abolished.

She also said special focus would be given to the FNPF and members' funds.

"SODELPA commits itself to building a prosperous and unified nation, based on democratic values, the rule of law, fundamental human rights and social justice and to ensure equal opportunities for all."

Ro Teimumu said if SODELPA won, its first 100 days in office would focus on demonstrating commitment to serving everyone, revoke all restrictive decrees and remove impositions on the Methodist Church.

She said she was ready to serve the people and take on the challenges that would come with it.

* Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South Pacific;

* Worked for USP's students services;

* Served as the principal of the Corpus Christie College;

* Joined Cabinet in 2000 under former prime minister Laisenia Qarase's government as minister for women; and

* Re-elected education minister in 2001 and held the position until December 2006.


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