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Fiji’s SDL Political Party Dissolves, To Change Name
Former ruling party to reform to meet decree requirements

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 25, 2013) – One of Fiji's prominent political parties, the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) was today officially dissolved during its Special General Meeting in Suva.

The party has also proposed to change its name to Social Democratic Liberal Party with members agreeing to retain the party symbol and initials.

Patron Ro Teimumu Kepa told the SDL National Assembly members that the dissolution of the party marks a major era in Fiji’s politics but they need to maintain their commitment to improve the quality of life of the people.

She said dissolving the party and forming a new one is the best option they could come up with as the period provided for that in the relevant decree is longer and more open under the requirements of the decree.

Ro Teimumu said now is the time for members to re-exam their relationship with their colonial partners and to accept all challenges they will face.

SDL party was founded in 2001 and is led by former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

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