THE Social Democratic and Liberal Party says it is committed to co-operating with all Fijian citizens to overcome the consequences of a complex colonial history of ethnic separation.
Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, in naming the party candidates at the Civic Centre in Suva yesterday, said the party sought a Fiji revived, a Fiji renewed and radiant Fiji encompassing full employment and opportunity where people could lift themselves out of poverty.
"We seek a nation united and happy in its distinctive diversity," Ro Teimumu said.
"We must come together to strengthen social cohesion, to deepen tolerance and respect, and to forge a greater national unity from our diversity.
"But all this cannot be imposed and it cannot be forced upon us by oppressive and restrictive decrees," she claimed.
"We are again a symbol of hope for humankind."
Ro Teimumu said the party saw a free Fiji of equality and just laws, well-governed through the collective authority of a cabinet that is representative of our communities, and answerable to Parliament and the people.
"In our Fiji, the citizenry will possess the constituent power of the State; their voices will be heard.
"A SODELPA government and cabinet will be based on collective consensus and mutual respect in the time-honoured way of the best of our Fijian traditions.
"We will be open, fair, consultative, compassionate and just. That is the difference we stand for."