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NFP elects Draunidalo

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

THE National Federation Party says it hopes to attract many women to contest the election under its banner.

Newly-appointed party president Tupou Draunidalo said the party had many women members and group leaders.

"This is the party that had Irene Jai Narayan as party president in the '70s, then Adi Kuini Vuikaba as a coalition leader in 1990 to 1991. That is some time before women's rights took a more central place in the discourse of this conservative and male-friendly country," Ms Draunidalo said in her maiden speech at the party's AGM last Saturday.

"But as a party, we cannot rest on those laurels and the appointment of another woman party president, we can and we should do more. We led the way back in the '70s and we should lead the way again now to push for more independent women of substance in our ranks as candidates, office bearers and leaders."

Ms Draunidalo said they would actively engage the young who needed to get better connected to the political history of Fiji so as to prepare themselves better for the rebuilding task that lay ahead.

"It is the youth who will take all of our hopes and dreams into the future and so we must involve them now in very substantive ways. As my own mother did with me. Baptism by fire never did harm anyone.

"Another attraction to this party has been how it is a bridge between the professional sector and the wider community.

"At 50, the NFP shows its class, a fine history of service through dialogue and partnership with other political and selflessness."

She said dialogue and understanding were sure ways to win allies and in a polarised state like Fiji, those qualities are rare jewels.


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