Fiji's oldest party fights to survive

Fiji's oldest party fights to survive

Fiji's oldest party fights to survive

Posted 4 February 2013, 16:24 AEST

Fiji's oldest political party still hopes it can meet new legal requirements to ensure survival.

Fiji's oldest political party still hopes it can meet new legal requirements to ensure survival.

Under a new decree, political parties need 5,000 members, an English name and cannot be led by anyone who is also a trade union leader.

Pramod Rae, leader of the National Federation Party, says it does not know if it can meet next week's deadline to show it has 5,000 paid-up members.

This is set down in the new political party decree. The alternative is to fold.

The decree means that as a trade union leader, Mr Rae will have to stand down but he says there is still hope the party will survive.

"We are out and about attempting to get there," he said.

"We haven't got the feedback yet as to how far we have got. We have given ourselves until the end of this week."

The Fiji Labour Party has announced it has the required membership. The other main party, the SDL, has not commented.

The United People's Party has already wrapped itself up, deciding it would not be able to meet the deadline.