NFP provisional candidate resigns

Opposition members of Parliament and NFP members, Professor Biman Prasad (centre) with Prem Singh (left) and Parmod Chand (right) outside of Parliament. Picture: FT FILE

THE National Federation Party has accepted the resignation of a provisional candidate who was arrested by police last week facing allegations of rape.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad confirmed that the provisional candidate resigned after his arrest in Suva on June 29.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the suspect was still admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after complaining of chest pain during his arrest.

Ms Naisoro said the 66-year-old man allegedly raped a 53-year-old woman in her home in Nasinu.

Prof Prasad said the provisional candidate tendered his resignation both as a provisional candidate and a member of NFP.

“That was the right thing to do and the party accepted his resignation as we do not condone such allegations against anyone associated with the party,” he said.

He said the provisional candidate was no longer associated with NFP.

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