# THE “BATTLE OF IDEAS” BEGINS

Preparing for democratic battle: (Photo: Graham Davis)

Preparing for democratic battle: (Photo: Graham Davis)

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has spoken of waging a “battle of ideas” to win next year’s election in Fiji after all three major established parties – Labour, the National Federation Party, and SODELPA, the former SDL – were cleared to register as political entities to contest the poll. Commodore Bainimarama restated his intention to form his own party to seek a democratic mandate to continue as Prime Minister. In comments that clearly indicate that his campaign for the September 2014 poll has already begun, the PM appeared to welcome the formal registration of his opponents, saying that it was up to the Fijian people to choose who was best capable of taking Fiji forward. He said that he intended to run on his Government’s record of creating a level playing field for all Fijians and of providing ordinary people with essential services that previous Governments had neglected.

Speaking to the Auckland Indo-Fijian radio station, Radio Tarana, Commodore Bainimarama was scathing about his opponents, saying they had “brought Fiji to its knees” with their racial policies and “wanted to mess the country up again”. Here’s an audio link to the full interview, recorded on Friday morning May 3rd.