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Who will emerge as the win­ner if the So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) (in sus­pen­sion) dereg­is­ters? The Ksha­triya Hall fac­tion. If SODELPA (in sus­pen­sion) dereg­is­ters, none of their 21 par­lia­men­tar­i­ans will lose their seats in Par­lia­ment. They will con­tinue to be Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPs).

The only thing that will change is that they will have the op­tion of join­ing an­other po­lit­i­cal party or con­tinue as in­de­pen­dent MPs.

And if they do con­tinue as in­de­pen­dents, they can of course form group­ings and talk as a group.

One has to re­mem­ber, as per Ne­mani De­laibatiki’s Anal­y­sis, the fac­tion headed by Si­tiveni Rabuka does have more votes.

The fac­tion headed by Ro Tei­mumu Kepa has more lib­er­als whose views on is­sues have been far more mod­er­ate com­pared to their other fel­low SODELPA (in sus­pen­sion) MPs.

A lot of vo­cal Rabuka sup­port­ers have urged that his fac­tion breaks away from the party (in sus­pen­sion) be­cause they have been able to see that as a break-away group, they could pos­si­bly have more sup­port from the ground.

Who would be the Op­po­si­tion leader? Rabuka backed by Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party could def­i­nitely con­tinue as Op­po­si­tion Leader and he sus­pects he may re­ceive that sup­port from the smaller Op­po­si­tion Party.

Is this the mo­ti­va­tion of the Ksha­triya Hall fac­tion?

Time will tell us.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Ro Tei­mumu Kepa dur­ing the sus­pended SODELPA man­age­ment meet­ing at Hol­i­day Inn Suva on June 18, 2020.

Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

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