2 Jun 2012

Fiji's former ruling SDL party says it has strong backing

4:46 am on 2 June 2012

Fiji political party, the SDL, believes it has strong support for its roadmap towards winning the 2014 election.

After being granted a police permit the party on Thursday held its first public meeting since it was ousted from government in 2006 in a military coup.

The SDL leader, Laisenia Qarase, says up to 150 people attended the meeting in Suva and says current assessments show support for the party is strong.

"We never publicised the meeting. We just sent the message by word of mouth to some friends. And we were very happy with the turn out. And from assessments by our own people around the country, the feeling is that the support is very good, it's very strong."

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