1 Jun 2012

Fiji's SDL holds first public meeting since 2006 coup

4:36 pm on 1 June 2012

Fiji's SDL Party has held its first public meeting since the government it led was ousted by military forces in December 2006.

Up to 150 members attended the meeting in Suva on Thursday, after the party was granted a police permit.

The SDL leader, Laisenia Qarase, says there was one main purpose for the meeting.

"To enable the party executives to inform members and party supporters of the roadmap to election announced by the Prime Minister in March. In particular, we took the opportunity to explain the constitutional making process step by step."

Laisenia Qarase says the party's supporters have endorsed a suggestion that the party make a submission, based on the 1997 constitution, to the constitution commission.

He says the SDL is planning more meetings this month - in Nadi, Lautoka and Labasa.