Fiji Council of Trade Unions general Secretary Attar Singh will head the Movement for Democracy in Fiji.
On December 5 last year, a group of concerned citizens and organisations formally banded together to establish the movement to campaign for the immediate restoration of parliamentary democracy. The movement comprises non-governmental organisations, trade unions and political parties.
Fijian Teachers Association President Tevita Koroi said there would be two working arms of the movement – the National Council and the Working Committee.
Koroi said the eight organisations unanimously agreed that Singh be the chairperson of the movement and its apex decision making body the national Council. He said the deputy chair for the Movement is former FIT principal and High Commissioner to the UK – Emitai Boladuadua.
At the Working Committee level, former senior military officer, State CEO and Ambassador to China Jeremaia Waqanisau as the chair and his deputy chairperson Adi Ema Tagicakibau of the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre is responsible for the planning of the campaigns and activities.
Koroi said the National Council had also appointed the PCRC to be the secretariat for the movement. Meanwhile, Singh said that their views are already known to the diplomats and foreign countries.
“We need to have more and more dialogue to return the country to elections and democracy,” he said. Boladuadua added that the current government was no longer serving the interest of the people but its own agenda.
Founded by the Fiji National Council of Women, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Fijian Teachers’ Association, United People’s Party, the National Federation Party and the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party, the group has also established a ‘Fund for the Restoration of Democracy’ (FRDC).