Academic: Stronger Opposition to scrutinise State policies

University of the South Pacific academic Professor Vijay Naidu. Picture: FT FILE

THE final results of the 2018 General Election mean there will be stronger Opposition in Parliament to scrutinise government policies more robustly and rigorously, says University of the South Pacific academic Professor Vijay Naidu.

Prof Naidu said the new faces in Parliament, combined with the experience of former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka, would provide fresh approaches to debates on policy matters.

He said new women MPs such as Lynda Tabuya and Lenora Qereqeretabua, with their charismatic personalities, intellect and communication skills, would be formidable advocates of gender justice, environmental issues and other contemporary challenges faced by Fijians.

FijiFirst party will make up 27 seats of the 51-member Parliament after polling 227,241 votes — accounting for 50.02 per cent of the total votes cast.

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