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Rabuka, a non-politician

Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 01, 2014

AFTER being sacked by the Social Democratic and Liberal Party executives, former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he will enjoy his life as a non-politician.

"My best plan is just to do nothing and enjoy the rest of my life as a non-politician," Mr Rabuka said.

He claimed Fiji had a different political landscape — one where people are against military dictatorship and second where people are champions of parliamentary democracy.

"I have been dropped from SODELPA which means it is also untenable for me to be with the sympathising parties like NFP, FLP and PDP," Mr Rabuka said.

He said all the "blokes" who had previously taken part in Fijian politics have been shelved.

"I can stand as an independent candidate but it will just split the votes and you will not be able to show the world whether you support dictatorship of parliamentary democracy."

Mr Rabuka has called on his supporters to stand up for what he stood for in value for the people.

"…They stand up for what I stood for in value for the people, good values and racial harmony.

"Racial harmony is acknowledging our differences but working together as one nation."

He claimed that he was sacked by SODELPA executives last week because of a move initiated by the party's women and youth wing.

Mr Rabuka said the women and the youth were not happy with his role in the 1987 coup.

"They were not happy with my role in the coup 27 years ago. They went to the party leader with their complaints and I was told to go," he said.

"Just like that I was sacked. But I have no ill feelings towards anybody. The women are the pillars of our society and the youths are the future.

"So it was only right for me to adhere to the demands they had."

In a statement, SODELPA said Mr Rabuka was no longer with the party.

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