Adi Li­tia sus­pended

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Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi has been sus­pended as gen­eral sec­re­tary of the So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party. For­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary in the lead-up to the 2014 Gen­eral Elec­tion,

Pio Tabai­walu, has been given the nod to re­place her.

The party’s Work­ing Com­mit­tee made the de­ci­sion in Suva yes­ter­day, which will be rat­i­fied by the Man­age­ment Board. This is ex­pected to be a for­mal­ity. The party has been rocked by a split over gov­er­nance is­sues.

Mr Tabai­walu is an old hand of the party and the com­mit­tee felt he could steady the ship.

He also stood in the 2018 poll, but failed to win a seat.

The com­mit­tee took into con­sid­er­a­tion the is­sues raised by Civil High Court judge Jus­tice Vishwa Datt Sharma in his land­mark de­ci­sion.

He ruled that the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Yaroi Vil­lage in Savusavu in June last year was null and void.

The Work­ing com­mit­tee com­prises SODELPA care­taker leader Si­tiveni Rabuka, act­ing pres­i­dent Vi­jay Singh, Youth pres­i­dent Jope Koroisavou, Te­vita Ta­bal­ailai, Tanya Waqanika and Bani Kanawale. The de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous.

The com­mit­tee will re­lease a state­ment on its de­ci­sion

The meet­ing was chaired by Mr

Singh in Aus­tralia via Zoom.

Last night Mr Tabai­walu said he was wait­ing for the of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion from the Work­ing Com­mit­tee.

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