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Fiji’s deposed PM warns Bainimarama and Khaiyum ‘your days are numbered’

July 18, 2014

Laisenia Qarase has told coup leader, Frank Bainimarama, and his illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, their days ‘are numbered’.

In a video released on Youtube yesterday, Qarase responds to Khaiyum’s latest diatribe about the Great Council of Fiji, which appeared in the Fiji Sun this week, describing the comments as ‘denigrating and insulting.’

Qarase says Khaiyum has no right as an Indo-Fijian to tell indigenous Fijians what to do, especially about the GCC.

He also says opposition parties with large Indo-Fijian followings, such as FLP, NFP and PDP, all want to retain the GCC.

A party stalwart says Khaiyum and Frank Bainimarama have used media and criminal decrees to try to frighten SODELPA but it was now stepping out on social media ‘to find space for our democratic and indigenous group rights that include diversity.’

“This is not about racism but about market science, art and truth.”

Teimumu leads march in West

Qarase’s hard hitting video comes as SODELPA supporters brave police to march in Lautoka to mark the opening of its new office in the West.

The march was led by party leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, and despite restrictions on the use of placards and being monitored, supporters joined in.

Member for the West, Mick Beddoes, says members and supporters came out in numbers to signal the ‘awaking’ of the SODELPA push to regain democracy for Fiji.

“All those who found the courage to step out in the open and declare their support for SODELPA have the gratitude and admiration of the SODELPA leadership,” says Beddoes.

No placards allowed but Lautoka march signals ‘awaking’.
He says joining the march would not have been easy as many people remain intimidated and fearful.

He hoped the courage displayed by West supporters yesterday, would motivate and encourage others to ‘cast aside their fears and join in the push to re-establish accountable and transparent democracy in Fiji.’

Beddoes has also criticised the latest poll from the Fiji Sun suggesting Fiji First would win 40 seats.

“And this win comes without a single other candidate for Fiji First being named,” says Beddoes “so it’s Frank Bainimarama’s win and the other 49 candidates to be announced are irrelevant.

“So even if Frank nominated 49 goats to stand with him, according to the polls he and 49 goats would win 40 seats.”

Beddoes says Bainimarama had announced just last week that he would take all 50 seats and ‘now even his rigged poll has to concede that Fiji First might win 40 seats.’

“But this is a 20% drop despite the millions of dollars they are throwing into these elections.”

Beddoes says SODELPA and its opposition partners are just “warming up, so if we have already put a 20% dent in his rigged poll outcomes, it’s not unreasonable to assume that once our campaign pace and message gets some traction, another 20% drop is likely and all of a sudden Frank Bainimarama will be looking at 30 seats.”

source – c4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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