Rabuka resigns as MP, sticks with SODELPA, for now

Fiji’s Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka says his resignation will pave the way for bipartisan agreements occurring in the Fijian Parliament.

Rabuka announced his resignation in a strongly-worded statement in the first session of the 2020-2021 parliament sitting today calling on members to work together, for zero complacencies in the fight against COVID-19 and climate change and recommended the enactment of a new constitution that incorporates ‘positive provisions’ of the 1997 and 2013 constitutions, and agreed to by all Fijians.

Speaking to members of the media following his address, Rabuka called himself an ‘obstacle’ in achieving bipartisan deals in Fijian Parliament, insisting his absence will allow the Government caucus to work with the Opposition on issues that matter to Fijians.

Rabuka, however, will remain with the SODELPA party, for now, citing “unfinished business” he later confirmed to media stems from concerns over the selection process of new party leaders. His exit means Tanya Waqanika joins the SODELPA caucus in parliament.

SODELPA is set to call a press conference this afternoon on this latest development.

More to follow…

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