27 Oct 2016

Fiji PM labels NFP racist

2:49 pm on 27 October 2016

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says he thinks the opposition National Federation Party is now a racist party.

The Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at Government House in Auckland

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the NFP is in the cane fields for the vote of Indo-Fijians, Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ

Mr Bainimarama, who is also the leaders of the FijiFirst Party, made the comment to FBC News following reports that the NFP and other opposition parties might form a coalition.

Mr Bainimarama described the NFP as racist because they are in the cane fields for the vote of the Indo-Fijians.

He said there is no possibility of such a coalition given that the party policies will not align.

The Fiji Times reported that Sodelpa, the Fiji Labour Party and the NFP were in talks to forge a coalition ahead of the next election due by 2018.