Challenging but we will offer constructive criticism: Tui Cakau on SODELPA/Opposition role

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu says living up to the role of SODELPA Parliamentary Leader and Opposition Leader will not be an easy feat.

It will be challenging to fit in the shoes of my predecessor, Ratu Naiqama said in his first address to the press following his appointment today, after Sitiveni Rabuka resigned as an MP and subsequently as the LOP yesterday.

“We really want to take us forward in this important journey,” Tui Cakau said. “And especially in this important position to portray that we are the alternative government. We are the alternate. If we offer criticism, to government policies, the criticism has to be constructive. [We have to provide] good feedback into whatever policies that been brought forth by the government. That’s our major role in the opposition.”

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu (New SODELPA Parliamentary Leader and LOP)

Party sources had told MaiTV that votes were 14 to five with a member deciding not to vote. Opposition Whip Lynda Whip carried out the voting.

In Parliament, Ratu Naiqama’s name was nominated by Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and seconded by Adi Litia Qionibaravi for Leader of Opposition. No other name was put forward.

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