25 Jan 2006

Two indigenous Fijian political parties announce merger

11:14 am on 25 January 2006

Two indigenous Fijian parties in the country's west will contest this year's general elections under one banner.

Radio Legend reports that the Party of National Unity (PANU) has signed an agreement with the Bai Kei Viti party which will see the latter being absorbed into the former.

The party spokesman and Labour Party senator, Ponipate Lesavua, says the revival of the two parties will enable the people of the west to vote together.

Mr Lesavua says the name of the Party of National Unity speaks for itself because it is a non-racial political party whose fundamental principles are anchored in justice, accountability, fair play and unity.

Mr Lesavua has confirmed that they will be sharing preferences with the Fiji Labour Party and the newly formed National Alliance Party headed by Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

The Party of National Unity was a coalition partner in the Chaudhry government deposed in the Speight coup and Mr Lesavua was a cabinet minister.