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FLP and SODELPA on talks of a possible coalition

Shalveen Chand
Friday, May 30, 2014

THE Fiji Labour Party and SODELPA (Social Democratic and Liberal Party) have started talks on the possibility of a coalition.

FLP and SODELPA have not seen eye to eye on many issues and this action raises many questions.

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said SODELPA and FLP had started talking about having a coalition.

"As part of the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, this notion was given to all parties but SODELPA and FLP are the ones to start talks," said Chaudhry.

"It's not true that we don't see eye to eye.

"There have been some issues in the past but we will now look towards the future which is getting real democracy back into the country.

"In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies. This will be the best arrangement for Fiji, given the history of coups we have had.

"The two major communities need to find a solution to take Fiji forward."

But the history between the two parties says otherwise. The multi-party cabinet issue in 2006 ended up in court.

This matter was taken to court to decide whether FLP or the then-SDL would be in power after the 2006 elections as none of the parties had obtained absolute majority.

Chaudhry said these things were in the past.

Meanwhile, despite the conviction, the former prime minister said he would fill in his nomination form.

He said not allowing him to be part of the elections was denying him his civil and political rights.

According to the Electoral Decree, anybody convicted of an offence in the past eight years of which the maximum jail term is more than 12 months cannot be a candidate.

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