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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has cleared any doubt that he will contest next year’s elections as leader of the FijiFirst party.
“I will lead FijiFirst into the election next year and my right hand, our honourable Attorney General and Minister for Economy will be by my side united by our passion for our people, united by our patriotism and united in our belief in the great potential of our nation.”
Speaking in Parliament, the PM also called out the Opposition of lacking team dynamics.
“There aren’t a team at all, they’ve proven that they can’t govern themselves let alone govern a country, that is why they failed back in 2014 Madam Speaker and that is why they will fail again in the next election.”
This week’s session, Parliamentarians will make statements in response to the President’s address last week.
Bainimarama has commended the President’s address which was delivered at the opening of Parliament’s 2017/2018 session last week.
The PM stressed that pivotal to Fiji’s economic growth is the establishment of progressive laws.
“The new laws we will introduce and the existing laws we will review, that agenda Madam Speaker encompasses every facet of the Fijian economy and will advance us along the path of unrelenting progress my government has chartered for Fiji over the past decade.”
Bainimarama also took the opportunity to elaborate on the importance of Fiji’s presidency of COP23.
“Because make no mistake, the fight we have ahead of us is a fight for our lives, for the very survival of every Fijian, every Pacific Islander and ultimately every global citizen.”
Bainimarama told the house that in accordance with the President’s address, the FijiFirst party will head into next year’s election challenging their counterparts on their track record and on the policies implemented.
President Major General Retired Jioji Konrote in his address called on politicians to fight the elections on policies as opposed to contesting on racial lines.
Meanwhile, 18 parliamentary bills have been restored to the order paper for the new parliament session.
Leader of Government in Parliament Inia Seruiratu submitted the motion today in the house to ensure the bills are worked on over the next few months.
“The Land and Water Resource Bill 2016, the Aquaculture Bill 2016, Heritage Bill 2016, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016, Forests Bill 2016, Reform of Sugar Cane Industry Bill 2016, the Sugar Cane Growers Fund Bill 2016.”
Other parliamentary bills from 2016 include the Code of Conduct Bill, Kava Bill, Information Bill and Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill.
From 2017, the bills before the house are the International Arbitration Bill and the Personal Properties Security Bill.
While this sitting is the first under the new 2017/2018 session, it is the last scheduled week long session for this year.
After this week’s debate parliament will resume in February 2018.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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