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Radrodro responds to Kubuabola’s question on SODELPA’s leadership

Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro this morning responded to a question posed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola last night regarding the selection of SODELPA’s party leader Major General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka who was not a member of parliament. Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola posed a question to the Leader of Opposition during […]

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July 5, 2016 10:47 am

Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro this morning responded to a question posed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola last night regarding the selection of SODELPA’s party leader Major General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka who was not a member of parliament.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro. (Newswire)

Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola posed a question to the Leader of Opposition during the 2016-17 Budget debate.

KUBUABOLA: “Madam Speaker just before I sit down, I think I have a few minutes… I would like to pose a question to the Hournable Leader of Opposition and to my friends of the other side of the house, the SODELPA. How is it that you have a party leader from outside of the house?…by convention the party leader is always a member of Parliament.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister also inquired about other the contenders who were members of parliament that had been vying for the position of SODELPA leader.

KUBUABOLA: “Don’t you have people? I was excited to read in the papers the Hon. Kiliraki, the Hon. Ratu Isoa Tikoca and the Hon. Gavoka, names were being put out to be party leaders. By convention, if you look at parliaments all over the world, the party leader is always a member of parliament, that is just a question I would like to put to the Hon. Leader of Opposition.”

In response Hon. Salote Radrodro reiterated Hon. Mosese Bulitavu’s invitation for a public debate between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and SODELPA’s leader Major General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka.

RADRODRO: “Madam Speaker I would like to respond to question that was posed by Honorable Kubuabola even though he is not in the house this morning…yesterday in regards to the SODELPA MP’s in regards to the convention on the selection of party leadership. I’d like to reiterate Madam Speaker what Hon. Bulitavu had said yesterday on the invitation for public debate between the Hon. Prime Minister and SODELPA leader Major-General Rabuka.”

“And I note Madam Speaker that Mr Rabuka had appeared for interview with ‘4 the record’ on FBC with Edwin Nand and Madam Speaker he has admitted all about the coup and he has come clear on his responsibilities and the implications of the coup in 1987 and on the same line may I request if the Prime Minister could also avail himself  for an interview with Edwin Nand of the FBC TV to be asked the same questions.”

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