18 Apr 2014

Fiji Labour Party doubts regime support among cane farmers

2:03 pm on 18 April 2014

The Fiji Labour Party has questioned the veracity of a report in the Fiji Sun which said the cane farmers in the north openly expressed their support for the prime minister's proposed political party.

The paper says people in Seaqaqa welcomed the prime minister's campaign bus with cheers and shouts of support.

Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is gearing up for the elections promised for September in campaign activities now being investigated by police for allegedly being in breach of his regime's own decrees.

The Labour Party's northern manager, Surendra Lal, says he would be very surprised if cane farmers in the North were to support the Bainimarama regime considering the hardship and difficulties they have faced in the past seven years.

The Labour Party, which traditionally has had strong support among cane farmers, says according to its sources in Seaqaqa there may have been about 30 people when the regime leader visited, and most were shoppers.