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NFP: No to coup

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, February 22, 2018

THE National Federation Party says no one in Fiji wants a coup because it would mean instability.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad made the comment after being questioned at a meeting in Labasa about the possibility of another coup if the NFP formed the next Government.

Supporters and community members of Naleba in Labasa raised a lot of questions with party officials during a talanoa session on Tuesday night.

A community member who preferred to remain anonymous asked the party members whether a coup was possible if they came into power after the election this year.

In response, Prof Prasad said no one wanted a coup in Fiji.

He said people should not think about instability, but should talk and think about better changes that should be done at the polls this year. "We have said this many times and are saying it again in this election that the NFP will fight the election on its own," Prof Prasad said.

"FijiFirst party fought the election on the basis that everybody is a Fijian and everybody is equal. If that's the case, why are people asking that question?"

Prof Prasad said whether a Chinese or part European or iTaukei prime minister was chosen, then the question (possible coup) would never be asked.

"You create this fear of unknown," he said.

"Nobody wants a coup in this country, nobody wants instability. Those people who go and talk about instability, they are creating fear and I am not talking about instability.

"We are not talking about coup, we're talking about change in government at the ballot box."

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