|Brief reunion: pic Fiji Times|
Fiji's last democratically elected prime minister was in court again this week to appeal the charges and verdict that led to him being found guilty of abuse of office and sentenced to 12 months jail last year.
Court of Appeal judges William Callanchini, Suresh Chandra and Eric Basiniyake have retired to reach a decision.
It's not certain when a ruling is due, but it'll be before a decision on the future of Qarase's former SDL Party.
The newly-named Social Democratic Liberal Party has now re-registered and is using the not so user-friendly acronym, SODELPA.
A party spokesperson, Dr Tupeni Baba, says they've gone with the new acronym 'so as not to confuse it with the old Party name, the SDL.'
Baba told Coupfourpointfive the amendment decree 'caught us by surprise and delayed our registration efforts but we should be able to clear up all the objections raised against our proposed party in the normal time provided.'
|Baba: leadership to be decided.|
"We have not chosen one yet.This will be done after the registration of the party together with all other office bearers of the party as would be determined by the Management Board.
"We have only named some office officials in our application for registration such as the Party President who is Ro Teimmumu Kepa, two vice presidents, a National Treasurer and, the General Secretary & and the Party Registration Officer, who is Pio Tabaiwalu."
Baba says SODELPA's main concern at the moment is to get the party registered, which is expected to take about 28 days and probably be done by March 24.
"We are confident about the information we have furnished the Registrar and we should be able to counter all the objections."
Baba says SODELPA's support base is spread out in all of the divisions but if he were 'to single out two out of three, I would say that the strongest support would be from the Central division, followed by the Northern and the Eastern Division, and then the Western Division.'