3 Jun 2004

Fiji SDL party rejects grand coalition idea

12:04 pm on 3 June 2004

Fiji's ruling SDL party has rejected the idea of a grand coalition of indigenous parties ahead of the 2006 general election.

The SDL spokesman, Jale Baba, has told Radio Legend the party's stance is that any individual can join them.

Mr Baba says a grand coalition is out because the SDL was set up as the main party for indigenous Fijians.

He says the idea was for indigenous Fijians to leave their existing political affiliations and join the SDL and many did.

Mr Baba says the unity that's being talked about is not that of political parties but the unity of people.

The SDL president, Ratu Kalokalo Loki, had earlier said they were trying to unite all Fijian parties under a grand coalition.

Meanwhile, both the SDL and the Fiji Labour Party support the idea of lowering the voting age to 18.