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March 4, 2024, 1:25 pm
Fiji News

President calls on MPs to listen to the voices of all

Iva Danford
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“As democratically elected representatives, I ask you to listen to the voices of our people, not only those who elected you but all our citizens young and old, men and women.”

This was a stern reminder from President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere to the Members of Parliament while opening the 2024 parliament sitting today.

Ratu Wiliame has urged the MPs to faithfully embrace with resolve the principles of democracy and humanity as enshrined in our Constitution.

He says in doing the integrity and dignity of our Parliament will be respected.

The President also shared that he lived in an integrated community in Macuata that taught him many important lessons in life which include hard work, respect for our elders, and family unity.

He says the two major ethnic communities in Fiji have always lived in harmony together.

Ratu Wiliame says it is unfortunate that some unscrupulous politicians continue to instigate mistrust among our communities for their political ends.

He says this has led to the perception of communal differences within our society.

The President has pleaded with the MPs to continue to promote harmony and embrace diversity in our nation.

He also reminded them of the importance of respectful debate as it has an impact on the inter-ethnic relations of our different communities.

Ratu Wiliame says as leaders, they are required to leave aside their differences for the common good of the people.