14 May 2004

Fiji SVT party reviews its future

10:19 am on 14 May 2004

Sitiveni Rabuka's Fijian Political Party, the SVT, is to review its future as support dwindles.

Mr Rabuka has told Radio Legend that he called an SVT meeting on Taveuni Island recently but although he waited for three hours, no-one turned up.

He says that's a very clear indication of the erosion of support for the SVT in his own province, where it used to be very high.

Mr Rabuka says it's now up to the SVT to carry out an objective assessment of whether the party is viable and can contribute to national policies, and politics, on its own.

He says the re-assessment should include whether the SVT should join up with like-minded parties.

The SVT will have a special management board meeting in Suva today, in which these issues will be discussed.

The SVT was set up in 1992 by the Great Council of Chiefs to be the party for indigenous Fijians and governed Fiji for most of the 1990s.