Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka has tendered his resignation as a member of Parliament.

Rabuka annouced his decision during his response to the President’s address in parliament this morning.

This morning at the meeting of the SODELPA Parliamentary Caucus, Rabuka sought the forgiveness of all SODELPA Members whom he may have wronged or offended.

To encourage the Government to extend the hand of cooperation to the Opposition, particularly with SODELPA’s new line up of leaders and to stop identifying everything SODELPA wants to do as schemed by him the former Party Leader whom the PM cannot trust, I hereby Mr Speaker, tender my resignation from being a member of this August representative assembly.

I do so to make way for His Excellency to study constitutional ways of encouraging bipartisan work in a Parliament elected through the d’Hondt system.

The dhondt system is perfect for executive presidents elections but not a small State like Fiji where close kinship, inter ethnic understanding and strong faith based religious acceptance have been the hallmarks of our society since precolonial, colonial and Independence eras.

I am resigning from Parliament but not SODELPA as I have filed a grievance with the Party President and I have yet to hear his response. I wish you all continued productive deliberations in this House of Parliament, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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