13 Aug 2014

SODELPA leader split on Qarase comments

9:33 am on 13 August 2014

The leader of Fiji's SODELPA party, Ro Teimumu Kepa, says she does not agree with everything the former leader and Prime Minster, Laisenia Qarase, had to say on race and religion.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader Photo: RNZ / Republika

Laisenia Qarase told the media this week that Fiji should make Christianity the national religion, and that there will never be true equality in Fiji.

Mr Qarase, who is barred from contesting the election because of a conviction, had earlier made an accusation that the government's use of number 135 on the ballot paper was a reference to a chapter in the Quran.

While Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports Ro Teimumu Kepa has distanced herself from the comments on the ballot paper and religion, Fiji Village reports she does agree the term Fijian should not be used for all Fiji citizens, and only for the i-Taukei or indigneous Fijians.