|Powerful trio: sidelined and opting out of the Constituent Assembly|
Beddoes told Coupfourpointfive he was in touch via fax with the Permanent Secretary to the illegal prime minister's office, Pio Tikoduadua, on December the 31st following a meeting of the UFDF but he has yet to hear back from Tikoduadua.
"The United Peoples Party letter sought some clarification on a few concerns, which have still not been made known by the regime. I did say that once it clarified the issues we raised, the UPP would consider our participation. It's been a few days since then and we've had a public holiday in that time as well, so I'll give Pio time to respond. If they don't come back, then the UPP will not participate."