17 Jul 2013

UFDF says group unaffected by suspension of Fiji Labour Party

5:39 pm on 17 July 2013

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the group is not affected by the suspension of the Fiji Labour Party for failing to pay the Fiji Sun for publishing its asset declarations.

The Labour Party was told to pay 3,000 US dollars by last Monday amid a dispute over tendering the asset publication which is still before the Commerce Commission.

While being suspended, the Labour Party can, by decree, not operate or hold itself out to be a political party.

A spokesperson for the UFDF, which comprises four political parties and the Council of Trade Unions, Mick Beddoes says he can't imagine the suspension will have any effect on the group.

"I suspect that when Mr Chaudhry returns from overseas, where he's currently at, obviously he'll work towards resolving the matter. So at this time it's not going to have any effect on the movement."

Mick Beddoes says the regime's threat to deregister the Fiji Labour Party is part of its ongoing scaremongering and tactics to gain political power and discredit its opponents.