Speech by Professor Biman Prasad, Leader of NFP at the launch of the National Federation Party 2014 General Election Manifesto

Speech by Professor Biman Prasad, Leader of NFP at the launch of the National Federation Party 2014 General Election Manifesto, 21 July, 2014, Khastriya Hall, Suva

After 8 years of military rule on September 17 the people of Fiji will have the long denied opportunity to decide which political party should form our Government. In deciding how to cast your vote, I appeal to you to carefully consider the following: Which party puts the nation ahead of the self-interest of its leaders? Which party can be trusted to rebuild our democracy? Which Party has a solid economic plan to create stable and well-paying jobs? Which Party has a plan to reduce the price of food, medicine and transport? Which Party has a credible plan to help our country to avoid the pain and suffering of further coups?

LAUNCH OF NFP MANIFESTO, GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Fellow Fiji Islanders, Party supporters, workers, volunteers, stalwarts and, invited guests. I have great pleasure in welcoming you too this evening to the launch of our party Manifesto for the 2014 General Elections.

I will speak in both the English and Fijian language today.

Since our election at the end of March, the party leader and i have travelled around the country and met very many people to gauge your views, leading up to the elections.

NFP ANNOUNCES 8 MORE CANDIDATES IN SUVA

A former magistrate, a women’s advocate, a renowned academic and a senior corporate executive are amongst the latest batch of 7 candidates to be endorsed by the National Federation Party to contest the September 17 general elections. The latest announcement follows 6 endorsements in Ba and Lautoka over the weekend and brings the total number of candidates endorsed by the NFP so far to 37.

 

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Address by the leader of the National Federation Party

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for the invitation to address you this afternoon.
I am very pleased to be here with Madam President Ms Tupou Draunidalo. Thank you for this honour.
Many of you who have left the shores of Fiji after 1987, 2000 and 2006 probably still feel aggrieved, hurt and probably bitter about the circumstances under which you had to leave our birth place and made homes in this great country.

RBF DEPUTY GOVERNOR MUST RESIGN, OTHERWISE SACKED

The Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji Arif Ali should immediately resign, failing which he should be sacked by the Reserve Bank of Fiji Board following the declaration of his blatant political bias towards the current Government and its economic policies.

Mr Arif told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation news that more important than a general election was a post-election government that does not reverse the current economic policies because it would “harm the economy and involves a lot of risk”. He added the changes that political parties are talking about were “risky”.

NFP ANNOUNCES THREE MORE CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party has today announced three more candidates to contest the 2014 General Elections under the Party’s banner, bringing to 27 the official number of candidates announced so far.

The announcement was made during a Party meeting at Ba Sangam Primary School Hall today. The meeting as attended by 60 Branch and village committee delegates.

AG AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-POOR STANCE

The Attorney General’s outright rejection of NFP’s commitment to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15% to 10% confirms the current government’s anti-poor stance. It clear that this Government is only concerned about raking as much revenue as possible even if it means squeezing the pockets of the poor.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while launching the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Award, referred to NFP’s election promise to reduce VAT to 10% and mocked me saying being an “economist does not make one a good person for financial and commercial transaction”.

NFP ANNOUNCES 8 MORE CANDIDATES

A former magistrate, a women’s advocate, a renowned academic and a senior corporate executive are amongst the latest batch of 7 candidates to be endorsed by the National Federation Party to contest the September 17 general elections. The latest announcement follows 6 endorsements in Ba and Lautoka over the weekend and brings the total number of candidates endorsed by the NFP so far to 37.

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