2018 General Election: SODELPA to bring back 1997 Constitution if it wins

SODEPLA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka at the Party’s Annual General Meeting in Lautoka. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI

SODEPLA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka at the Party’s Annual General Meeting in Lautoka. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says if they win the coming general election, they will reintroduce the 1997 Constitution.

“It will depend on the numbers that we have, we would like to bring it back — it is still not properly abrogated according to the court decision so it is there,” Mr Rabuka said.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during a campaign in Samabula questioned why SODELPA would want to bring back the 1997 Constitution.

“Rabuka is now talking about bringing back the 1997 Constitution. (Do) you know what happened under the 1997 Constitution? There was ethnic categorisation of people,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum claimed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum claimed that under the 1997 Constitution, the president of SODELPA, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, had converted iTaukei land to freehold land.

“When we stood up in Parliament and raised this, he (Mr Lalabalavu ) stood up and said, ‘I did it legally’. That’s the problem,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The law allowed them to convert iTaukei land to freehold land. The 2013 Constitution protects iTaukei land forever.”

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