Social Democratic Liberal Party

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Social Democratic Liberal Party
Leader Sitiveni Rabuka[1]
President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu[2]
Secretary-General Adi Litia Qionibaravi[3]
Women Forum President Litia Rawiriwiri
Youth President Jope Koroisavou [4]
Founded January 2013
Preceded by Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua
Headquarters 66 McGregor Street, Suva
Ideology Ethnic nationalism[5]
Christian nationalism[6]
Political position Right-wing
Religion Christianity[7]
Colours Light Blue
MPs in the Parliament of Fiji
15 / 50
Website
www.sodelpa.org

The Social Democratic Liberal Party is a political party in Fiji. The party was formed in January 2013 after the dissolution of the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua. The party's leader is Sitiveni Rabuka.

Formation[edit]

In January 2013 Fiji's military regime promulgated new regulations governing the registration of political parties.[8] Among the new provisions was a requirement that all political parties be named in English rather than Fijian.[9] Rather than changing its name, the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Party wound itself up, reforming as the Social Democratic Liberal Party in order to retain the SDL acronym.[10][11] However, a subsequent amendment to the Political Parties Decree banned the use of the acronyms of former parties, forcing the party to switch to "SODELPA".[12]

The party was provisionally led by Dr Tupeni Baba, but in March 2013 it unanimously selected former SDL Cabinet Minister Ro Teimumu Kepa as its first permanent leader.[13]

The party applied for registration on 26 February 2013,[14] and was registered on 3 May 2013.[15][16]

2014 elections[edit]

The party contested the 2014 elections, naming a list of 45 candidates in June.[17][18] In July, it released its manifesto, promising to reduce poverty, restore the Great Council of Chiefs, and revive the Qoliqoli Bill which had been stopped by the 2006 coup.[19] The party gained 28.2 percent of the vote and 15 seats in Parliament.[20] Following the election, party leader Teimumu Kepa became Leader of the Opposition.[21]

In June 2016, Kepa announced that she was standing down as leader of SODELPA.[22] She was replaced by former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiji's Rabuka new SODELPA leader". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Ratu Naiqama Re-Elected As SODELPA President". Fiji SUN. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  3. ^ "SODELPA appoints new interim General Secretary". Newswire Fiji. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  4. ^ "SODELPA youth wing pledges support for Rabuka". Fiji Times. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  5. ^ "A Symbol Of Hope – Reflections On The Fiji Election", Pacific Islands Report, October 2014
  6. ^ "Fiji's Sodelpa promises poverty relief". Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fiji's Sodelpa promises poverty relief in manifesto". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  8. ^ Michael Field (2013-01-16). "Fiji regime cracks down on political parties". Stuff. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  9. ^ "SDL says Fiji name change requirement is ridiculous". Radio New Zealand International. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Fiji's main party dissolved in face of onerous decree". Radio New Zealand International. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  11. ^ Nasik Swami (2013-01-26). "SDL alive". Fiji Times. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  12. ^ "Fiji SDL Party changes name again to get around decree". Radio Australia. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  13. ^ "Ro Teimumu Kepa is the new leader of SODELPA". Fiji Today. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  14. ^ "New Fiji party applies for registration". Radio New Zealand International. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  15. ^ "Three of Fiji's political parties now registered". Radio New Zealand International. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  16. ^ "Green light for NFP, FLP and SODELPA". Fiji Times. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  17. ^ Apisalome Rabo (2014-06-14). "SODELPA names 45 candidates". Fiji One. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  18. ^ "Big names set to take on Fiji regime at elections". Cook Islands News. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  19. ^ "Fiji's Sodelpa promises poverty relief in manifesto". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  20. ^ "2014 Election Results". Fiji Elections Office. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  21. ^ Nasik Swami (2014-09-24). "Ro Teimumu is Leader of the Opposition". Fiji Times. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  22. ^ "Ro Teimumu to quit Fiji party leadership". RNZ International. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "Sitiveni Rabuka wins leadership of Fiji's SODELPA". RNZ International. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.