‘Democracy is alive’

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded the Opposition on the first day of Parliament that contrary to their claims, “democracy is alive in Fiji”.

His comments followed Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa’s declaration that the black ribbon worn by some parliamentarians on Tuesday symbolised the country’s dying democracy.

“As you can see, I am wearing a black ribbon because I believe that democracy, if it’s not already dead, it is dying,” Ro Teimumu said.

“The suspension of the NFP, the flag change, the rights of the indigenous Fijians, all these are showing that democracy is dying.”

In response, Mr Bainimarama said the black ribbon worn by Opposition members only symbolised the dying of their party.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also responded to Ro Teimumu’s claim, saying she only said that because she was not representing Government.

“If you are on this side of the house, things would have been different,” he said.

Only the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) MPs are in Opposition following the suspension of the three National Federation Party parliamentarians.

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