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Call to reunite

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 16, 2017

THE Fiji Labour Party has called upon current and former members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to return to FLP.

The call was made by the party's newly appointed general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh.

"It's important to understand that the persons who had formed PDP were members of the Fiji Labour Party," Mr Singh said.

He said the FLP was formed as a political party to advocate, advance and fight for workers' rights and issues in Fiji.

"I call upon current and former PDP members to return to the FLP fold due to PDP no longer existing.

"We had formed PDP in 2013 due to differences we had within FLP, however, those differences have now been resolved after extensive discussions and therefore, it's no longer correct to continue to have two parties."

He said most original members of PDP have rejoined FLP and have been warmly welcomed into the rank and file of the FLP

"The sudden resignation of the interim leader and the interim president of PDP over the weekend together with senior members of PDP rejoined FLP, now effectively marks the end of PDP.

"We have been consulting PDP branches, sub branches and members over the past two months and we have received overwhelming support for our decision to return to FLP and at the same time, these members have also returned to the FLP fold.

"With a now united and regrouped FLP, we as a party are much stronger and we are excited about the upcoming elections in 2018.

"The FLP has always been a party for the workers of Fiji and a party for the everyday people."

He said the party would continue to fight for a better, fairer, just and democratic Fiji.

Responding to Mr Ravindra-Singh's comments, former PDP leader Lynda Tabuya said the party joined SODELPA because of better chances of getting into Parliament.

"We have a better chance of representing the thousands of workers who are suffering. We have a better chance of bringing the whole nation together of all ages, races and religions," she said.

"The history about PDP and Labour does not matter. What matters is that unless we get past the 5 per cent threshold in 2018, we cannot effect change in Parliament.

"PDP members of all races are already actively involved in SODELPA headquarters and we invite everyone to join our team winning hearts and minds.

"In 2014, PDP and Labour got a lot of votes, but did not meet the 5 per cent threshold and therefore three seats were gifted to FijiFirst.

"We do not want the same situation in 2018 where a vote for Labour is a vote for FijiFirst."








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