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NFP to decide on Draunidalo’s future

The decision on the possible resignation of National Federation Party (NFP) President Hon. Tupou Draunidalo from Parliament will be known next week. This is following her suspension last Friday for the remaining term of Parliament. Hon. Draunidalo told Newswire they were waiting for NFP party members to get together and a decision would be made on […]

Staff Writers

June 9, 2016 12:21 pm

The decision on the possible resignation of National Federation Party (NFP) President Hon. Tupou Draunidalo from Parliament will be known next week.

National Federation Party President Hon. Tupou Draunidalo in parliament last week. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

This is following her suspension last Friday for the remaining term of Parliament.

Hon. Draunidalo told Newswire they were waiting for NFP party members to get together and a decision would be made on the 19th of June.

DRAUNIDALO: “I think Party members and officials have already have already made up their mind. The decision will be made on that day then be made known to everyone else. We are just waiting for everyone else to get together and make a decision on that.”

NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad told Newswire that media reports on Draunidalo’s resignation were false.

PRASAD: “There is absolutely no truth about her resigning as yet. The party is meeting next week, in which we will be looking at a number of options and consider appropriate action to take. Including legal action as well. We are going to meet and the party as a whole will decide the course of action that we will need to take in light of her suspension.”

In the event Draunidalo resigns from Parliament, NFP candidate Parmod Chand would be called up to replace her.

NGO Coalition on Human Rights Chair Tara Chetty said that with Draunidalo’s suspension, there are now seven women in Fiji’s Parliament, a ratio of only 14% women to 86% men.

CHETTY: “The Coalition considers the lengthy suspension to be a direct injustice to the 2,966 voters who cast their vote for Ms Draunidalo in the 2014 elections, as well as further worsening the gender balance in Parliament.

Twenty-eight members of parliament voted in favour of the motion to suspend Draunidalo and sixteen voted against it.

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