Commodore Bainimarama should understand that in a democratic setup, it is the people who decide their leaders, says the Fiji Labour Party.
“Whether Laisenia Qarase, Mahendra Chaudhry or anyone else for that matter, are needed or not is for the people to decide through the democratic process of free, fair and credible elections.
As the leaders of mainstream political parties which between them held 68 of the 71 seats in the House of Representatives prior to the military takeover of 2006, they have a substantial following.
“This fact itself is sufficient mandate for them to be actively involved in Fiji’s political processes,” said FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry.
Mr Chaudhry was responding to Commodore Bainimarama’s comments to the media that the two leaders are not wanted in the country.
Now that the nation is engaged in the constitutional process, there should be no question of shutting anyone out. Fiji needs to adopt a mature approach to this exercise and that means that the views of everyone must be heard.
“Only then can the process be considered inclusive, participatory and transparent,” Mr Chaudhry said.
The FLP intends to remain active in Fiji’s political life. It is a responsible political party which won the confidence of Fiji’s people in two general elections.
It continues to enjoy wide support of the people despite severe curtailment on the activities of political parties in the past five years.