Prime Minister and FijiFirst Leader Voreqe Bainimarama says he is proud to become your Prime Minister once again, a Prime Minister of all who call Fiji home, of all who feel the pangs of pride when they achieve great things on and off the field as a nation and of those that want a better life for themselves and their neighbours without malice and jealousy.
In a statement after their elections win, Bainimarama says he is proud to once again be the Prime Minister of a Fiji that has to offer so much more to its people and the world.
Bainimarama says 18th November 2018, is truly a great day in Fiji’s history where the majority of Fijians have emphatically voted and put their hand up to support the FijiFirst message of ongoing inclusive progress.
Bainimarama says people have also unequivocally rejected unrealistic promises and fear mongering based on the politics of division, distrust and disunity.
He says at the end of Fiji’s second only truly democratic election process verified and commended by the independent Multinational Observer Group team, he is truly proud to once again lead Fiji for the next four years because of people's prayers and their overwhelming support and belief in the FijiFirst ideals of progress for all under one nation, one people.
Bainimarama says despite the joint forces of opposition that started their campaign based on lies, hate and fear four years ago, FijiFirst has triumphed because the people of Fiji, made up of a myriad of communities have emphatically with a unified voice rejected the divisive table thumping politics of the old Fiji and instead believed and dreamt with them of a modern Fijian nation-state where no one is left behind adding where development and success is based not on race, religion, province and privilege but instead are based on inclusiveness,fairness, justice and merit.
The Prime Minister says even those who ganged up against them begrudgingly had to admit in the campaign period about the progress our Fiji has made under FijiFirst.
He says one political leader even called for a slower rate of growth and created widespread and baseless fears about what our iTaukei hold most dear, traditional land.
He says these same disruptive politicians of old, aided and abetted by the Fiji Times did not care to tell people the truth - the truth that iTaukei land is not only safe like never before under the 2013 Constitution but as total land holding has grown under FijiFirst.
Bainimarama says in fact it was only under the leadership of these same dishonest politicians that iTaukei land was actually and permanently alienated.
He says their lies and deception knew no boundaries, as individuals, whole communities and religious sentiments were slandered and belittled in an atmosphere of political deceit.
He adds they were willing to create economic chaos and undermine Fiji’s economic future in their greed to win government.
The Prime Minister says nothing gives him more pleasure and happiness than the fact that the majority of fair minded, good people of Fiji have outrightly shunned this brand of politics that sought to destroy our nation for the sake of political expediency.
He has asked all who voted for them and also those that did not, to run with them as they all work together to make Fiji a better place for all of its citizens under a united banner blue.
He assures they will not discriminate against anyone, they will help and grow all, they will unite Fiji despite the poisoning of minds and they will build a country where all become truly proud and progressive citizens that do not judge each other because of our differences but instead become a nation where we celebrate and unite in our similarities.
He says they will not let anyone tell people otherwise.
He thanked the hundreds of FijiFirst volunteers, the thousands of their ordinary supporters and friends and family of the FijiFirst team.
Meanwhile, FijiFirst General Secretary and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has reiterated that they will not leave anyone behind.
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