In a public display of problems in the Party, one of two Special SODELPA Management Board meetings was convened by Vice President Vijay Singh at the Holiday Inn yesterday.

Singh was confirmed as Acting President according to the Constitution of SODELPA.

Vijay Singh, who is currently in Australia, thanked all Board Members present and said that despite the holding of another Board meeting outside of Holiday Inn, he was grateful that some leaders decided to follow the rule of law.

Mr Singh stated that it was crucial for SODELPA to show leadership to the people during these difficult times as the Fijian people looked up to our political leaders to provide stability.

The Board meeting committed a one minute of silence to acknowledge former Party stalwart and Founder, the late Prime Minister and Tui Kobuca Laisenia Qarase, as well as other party members who have since passed on.

The Gone Marama Bale Na Roko
Tui Dreketi also spoke on the principles laid by Mr Qarase and thanked his wife
Leba and their family for sharing their husband and father with Fiji for many
years as he led in various capacities in Fiji.

With a 42-member Board, and three positions vacant with the President, and two Vice Presidents to be filled, the quorum needed was 23 which was achieved.

Major issues decided today included the election of Acting Vice Presidents Gina Pareti and Ratu Jone Lesuma.

Emele Duituturaga was appointed as Acting General Secretary of the Party by the Board given its acknowledgement that the General Secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi had resigned from the position to the Party in October 2019.

The Management Board decided that the Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka remains the casual Party Leader until the next Annual General Meeting of the Party, or when the next substantive leader is decided by the Management Board.

This is despite the Party Leader not attending the Board Meeting chaired by Vijay Singh, the Board Members decided to put the stability of the Party ahead of any other agendas.

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