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Biman: No coalition

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE National Federation Party has confirmed it will not form a coalition with any political party post September general election.

This was confirmed by party leader Professor Biman Prasad in an interview yesterday following numerous questions raised by party supporters during a rally in Auckland, New Zealand over the weekend.

Prof Prasad said they were focused on mounting a spirited issue-based campaign.

"The NFP reiterates its position which I have publicly stated since I took over the leadership of the party that NFP is not in coalition with any party," Prof Prasad said.

"NFP is offering to the people of this country a clean bill. NFP has never been part of any coup-related activity and has never supported any coups.

"We are participating in this election with a clear policy agenda that we will pursue in government.

"We have so far offered very concrete proposals on how we intend to address the issue of poverty and the rising cost of living.

"We have announced the reduction in VAT from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.

"We have taken a lead on these policies and it will remain our main focus in government."

He said the party had also offered clear policies on how it would address economic issues.

"We are getting very good support for our approach and our policies.

"This election will be as much about issues such as cost of living, poverty, unemployment, health and education, but it is also going to be about integrity, honesty and principles.

"People will judge leaders and parties on what they said in the recent past and will judge harshly those who were part of the coup and are now masquerading as people's champions on democracy, human rights and rule of law and on issues such as unemployment, poverty, land and the sugar industry."


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