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Bainimarama 'shaken'

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LABOUR leader Mahendra Chaudhry believes Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is shaken by the people's coalition shaping up against him in the lead-up to the proposed 2014 elections.

Mr Chaudhry's comments follow Commodore Bainimarama's response to the maiden speech by SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

He said Commodore Bainimarama called the alliance a "coalition of hypocrites", forgetting that he in fact held the record for a leader who had failed to deliver on every promise he has made to the people of Fiji.

"The 'tired old political faces' that he refers to are, in fact, the elected representatives of the people," Mr Chaudhry said.

He said SODELPA and FLP had the mandate of the people of Fiji.

"The proof of this is the result of 2006 general elections. Commodore Bainimarama denigrates the Labour leader but FLP has in two general elections won the mandate of the people to lead the nation, and overwhelmingly so under Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry in the 1999 general elections."

Mr Chaudhry said Commodore Bainimarama should show respect for the wishes of the people of Fiji.

"Indeed he should be the last person to accuse anyone of being racist and corrupt.

"People living in glass houses, should not throw stones. Fiji will, for the first time in its history, see a true getting-together of people of all races to restore democracy."


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