18 Nov 2014

Fiji opposition party plans boycott of Modi speech

9:48 pm on 18 November 2014

As the Indian Prime Minister arrives in Fiji tomorrow, a diplomatic embarrassment is looming after the opposition SODELPA party said it would boycott the special parliamentary sitting.

Narendra Modi is en route from Australia, where he addressed its Parliament and announced closer dealings between the countries.

He is due to address Fiji's parliament tomorrow.

But the SODEPLA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, told Fiji media she was disappointed to hear that the Fiji Prime Minister's vote of thanks will not include mention of her as the leader of the opposition.

In turn, the fifteen SODELPA members in Fiji's new Parliament say they will not attend the parliamentary sitting during which Mr Modi will give his speech.

Mr Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Fiji since Indira Gandhi travelled there in 1981.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader Photo: RNZ / Republika