Call for a united front

Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh shaking hand with Fiji United FreeĀ­dom Party Jagath Karunaratne after press confrence on Wednesday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE Fiji Labour Party and the Freedom Alliance Party believe the best way to ensure a change in government is for all opposition parties to form a united front to oust the ruling FijiFirst Government.

This is why the two parties reached an agreement to contest next month’s general election in partnership and co-operation.

The two parties will contest under the FLP banner and a possible coalition could be decided upon after the November 14 polls.

The two parties are among the eight political parties eligible to contest the coming polls.

The Freedom Alliance Party (FAP) is appealing to its party supporters and the public to rally behind the candidates of the Fiji Labour Party (FLP).

This was after the two parties reached an agreement to contest the 2018 General Election in partnership and co-operation. FAP leader Jagath Karunaratne said the two parties were now one going into next month’s polls.

According to the FLP, despite working on a united opposition front for the past five to six years, parties have been unable to look beyond parochial party interests and to serve the interest of the nation.

FLP parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh said the party’s partnership arrangement with their opposition counterpart would focus on policies that had been integral to the Labour philosophy of social justice, good governance and sustainable growth.

“We come to the 2018 General Election with the same passion and commitment to improve the lot of our ordinary people based on shared values and respect for human rights and democracy,” Mr Ravindra-Singh said.

“Both Labour and Freedom Alliance have policies that are people-centred and will ensure social and economic justice for our people. We believe in inclusive, open, honest and accountable government and sustainable development policies that will ensure the long-term prosperity of the nation and our people.”

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the party decided on the move after consulting its national council.

Mr Karunaratne confirmed that after numerous meetings with its constituency members, the party reached the decision for a partnership.

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