United Peoples Party (Fiji)

United Peoples Party (Fiji)

United Peoples Party (Fiji)

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The United Peoples Party is a political party in Fiji, whose support base lies chiefly among General Electors - Fiji Islanders who belong to ethnic minorities, such as Europeans, Chinese, Banaban Islanders, as well as multiracial people. Since 2001, its president and parliamentary leader has been Mick Beddoes, the sole member elected from the party to the 71-member House of Representatives in the general election that year, when it won 0.5 percent of the vote. The party claims to follow moderate, centrist policies.

Beddoes is assisted by three vice-presidents, each of whom overseas one of the three constituencies reserved for General Electors. The 2006 conference, held on 18-19 March, chose Loto Feifei (North Eastern), David Blakelock (Suva City), and Margaret Rounds (West Central).

History of the UPP

The party, originally called the United General Party, was formed in the late 1990s by a merger between the General Voters Party and the General Electors Association, formerly the All National Congress (ANC). This followed an earlier move in which ethnic Fijian members of the ANC had left to join the Fijian Association Party. Both groups were fragments of the old Alliance Party, the party which ruled Fiji from 1967 to 1987.

In 2003, the party announced a drive to broaden its base to attract support from Fiji's major ethnic communities, indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians. On 2 August, Beddoes announced a decision to rename the party. The name "General" was...
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