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Opposition delegation meets John Key

The Leader of Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa and other Opposition MPs today met visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Opposition Chambers in Suva. Ro Teimumu said PM Keys’ visit to Fiji was timely, and his meeting provided the Opposition with the opportunity to provide their perspective on the progress of Fiji’s transition […]

Calvin Prasad

June 10, 2016 12:44 pm

The Leader of Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa and other Opposition MPs today met visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Opposition Chambers in Suva.

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The Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa with New Zealand PM John Key at Government Buildings today. (Pita Waqavonovono/Facebook).

Ro Teimumu said PM Keys’ visit to Fiji was timely, and his meeting provided the Opposition with the opportunity to provide their perspective on the progress of Fiji’s transition to accountable democracy.

The Opposition delegation included Ro Teimumu, Deputy Whip Hon Salote Radrodro, and Hon Bill Gavoka.

According to Ro Kepa, the Opposition delegation raised numerous issues in the meeting:

  • The ongoing refusal by government to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the unresolved investigations into the deaths of 19 citizens since the 2000 2006 coups;
  • The changes to the Standing Orders to remove the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee to avoid proper transparent scrutiny of government;
  • The continued existence of the Media Decree and its imposition on the Fiji Media which is still not free;
  • The government’s abuse of its powers and lack of transparency in the processes of the Constitutional Officers Commission appointments;
  • The misuse of Parliamentary powers in the expulsion of the NFP and SODELPA Presidents from Parliament.
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(Pita Waqavonovono/Facebook).

The Opposition delegation also expressed thanks to PM Keys and the New Zealand people for their rapid response and willingness to assist Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

RO TEIMUMU: “I also offered her sincere apologies, on behalf of the Fijian people, for the threats and justifications made last night during the welcome banquet in honour of the New Zealand Prime Minister.”

Ro Teimumu said she offered sincere condolences to the people of New Zealand who had lost a great leader, Sir Graham Latimer

RO TEIMUMU: “We further acknowledged with gratitude and thanked New Zealand for their continued role in the region and expressed their support for New Zealand’s continued presence in the Pacific Island Forum.”

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