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Parliament: Chand backs call for respect and unity

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Update: 4:58PM NATIONAL Federation Party MP Parmod Chand has supported President Jioji Konrote's address in Parliament where he asserted the need to respect each other.

President Konrote in his address also urged parliamentarians to commit to a higher standard of unity and democracy.

"His Excellency stated that it appears that it is easier for some of us to converse with each other in this august House rather than on the campaign trail," Mr Chand said in his response in Parliament today. 

"I wholeheartedly agree. To that end, I call on the Government side to make good on the guidance of our President, and offer us the opportunity to campaign together. 

"If we are upfront in contesting our ideas in a rationale manner to the electorate, it would hold democracy in good stead for Fiji, and would also show exemplary form to our young people, many of whom will participate in elections for the first time in 2018 and have been through a turbulent political climate over the last two decades.

"Respect, unity and democracy are noble and critical ideals for any nation in the pursuit of genuine social, economic and political advancement."

Mr Chand said it could be achieved through real consensus, dialogue and negotiations in a climate devoid of fear of reprisal or retribution for expressing one's thoughts and utterances, and conducting oneself with honesty and integrity and most importantly, in the national interest.

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