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Fiji has reached new greater heights: President

October 10, 2018 1:30 am

President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote reflected on the achievements made by Fiji as we celebrate the 48th year of independence and sovereignty.

Major General Konrote says Fiji has reached new and greater heights; realising achievement that only a generation ago would have seemed unimaginable.

The President says we are approaching our second parliamentary election under the 2013 Fijian Constitution.

He reminded the public that election represents a crossroads; and the path we choose will define the future for our children, their children and their children after them.

“Because elections shape more than the next four years, they can shape the direction of the country for decades to come, by either laying a foundation for our long-term success, or by bringing consequences that ripple for generations of history. So the importance of our elections cannot be overstated, and, as was the case in 2014, our election will be held in a transparent manner and to the highest international standards.”

The President reminded the people that it is not a time for fear, and none of us can tolerate any efforts to sow hatred or division among our people.

“It is a time to listen to all of the positions of the different political parties. It is a time for all of us to make our voices heard by voting for the political party we believe is the best suited to take Fiji forward; based on their record, based on the promises they have made and, on their ability to deliver on those promises for the Fijian people.”

Konrote says regardless of the political differences among us, the bonds of nationhood and common citizenry must always triumph.

He also reminded the public that we cannot allow social media platforms to be used as a weapon to spread lies and misinformation.