Ex-PM wants debate

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry at the political party briefing in Suva on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

FORMER prime minister and Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leader Mahendra Chaudhry has challenged political leaders to a debate before the November 14 general election.

He said this used to be an important feature of past elections which was now no more. Mr Chaudhry said the media in Fiji had a responsibility to ensure that there was much discussion on certain issues and cross debates between political leaders.

“One of the things that is missing now since 2014 is debates between leaders of political parties,” he said.

“I’m wondering whether the media is intending to do that. “There is no cross debate.” He said they would like to see Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and opposition party leaders in a face to face debate.

“Is the media going to invite or jointly arrange such a gathering of political leaders? I think the public of this country deserve that, they deserve to know better,” he added.

Mr Chaudhry claimed the campaign for the coming polls would likely be boring because candidates and political parties would not be questioned by the people or their political opponents.

FLP and the Freedom Alliance party will contest the election under the Labour banner.

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