MPs urged to dedicate themselves to democratic ideal

Update: 7:15PM PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on Members of Parliament to dedicate themselves to the ideals of democracy.

Making his first address in the new Parliament building, Ratu Epeli said history had come full circle with the return of parliament to the site of the first coup.

Now, 27 years later, we gather at the site of that first coup to establish genuine democratic rule. And to finally draw a line under the years of division that have held Fiji back and herald in a new era of unity and purpose, he said

The symbolism of returning our parliament to this place is extremely potent. History has today come full circle. God has blessed us with another chance to build one nation.

Let us dedicate ourselves once and for all to the democratic ideal of genuine equality for all Fijians. And resolve to work constructively in our new democracy and in this refurbished parliament for the benefit of all our people.


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