13 Jun 2014

Fiji leader slams parties at launch

8:04 am on 13 June 2014

Fiji's regime leader Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has taken a swipe at his opponents at the launch of his political party.

He launched the party and the Suva headquarters of Fiji First at a ceremony in the Fiji capital on Thursday.

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Photo: RNZ / Republika

Rear Admiral Bainimarama criticised other parties for elitism, lacking courage and being desperate for votes.

He described the launch as historic.

"Today at 12th June, 2014, will go down in the annals of Fijian history as the day when Fiji's first truly modern, progressive, transparent, non-corrupt, nation-focussed and inclusive political party was officially launched."

Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama.