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PDP guns for 50 seats

Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, June 22, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party says it will not blindly form a coalition with other political parties after the general election.

"It will depend on the policies and negotiations with any party when we get to it," said party leader Felix Anthony.

"Coalitions are not formed simply for the sake of forming a government.

"We are focused on the people and to deliver to the people."

Mr Anthony said the party was looking at contesting all 50 parliamentary seats in the September general election.

"Support is quite good and I thought it would be much harder being a new political party.

"But I think people want change and they want something new."

He said there was good support for the party from people in the Western and Northern divisions and on Ovalau, saying they were getting good response from people of all races.

Mr Anthony said applications from interested candidates had closed but the party would not necessarily give tickets to those who had applied.

"We will consult people to get their views on who should be the candidates. I think it's about picking people who have worked and are known in their community."

He said the party's candidates would be a mixture of people from different races living in the country, with one or two veteran politicians but a lot of new faces.

"We will have some young people in our line-up because we need some fresh minds in politics. If we have old politicians, then the same old thing will go on and on," said Mr Anthony.

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