The NFP have endorsed Pramod Chand to be its next MP and Rakiraki lawyer and NFP Ra branch president Semi Titoko to be acting President.
Here is her resignation speech:
Dear fellow Fijians,
With a heavy heart, I have sent on my resignation from Parliament to the Speaker and resignation from the position of President of the National Federation Party on Friday 20 January 2017.
If I could find it in myself to remain, I would.
This has not been an easy decision to make and I've discussed various pertinent issues with the party leader for some time, but out of humility and gratitude- I owe it to the voters who put me in Parliament and to the NFP and its supporters everywhere to state my reasons.
To begin, I apologise most sincerely to you that from the time the Fiji First majority in Parliament saw fit to suspend me on 03 June 2016 on trumped up allegations, I have not been able to be in the House to do what I was elected to do which is to scrutinize bills, laws and present coherent issues to strengthen legislation and assist with government policy formulation and implementation.
The IPU has had its say on the matter but friends, we're not in a democracy. We haven't been for a while.
Dictators and other misfits will do what they do and we must respond as best we can.
The 2017 sittings of the House begin next month.
There are about two full sets of the parliamentary term to go and I would like your vote to be heard too in the House through a third and the next NFP Member to parliament.
I therefore wish the next Honourable Member from the party and the party itself very well for the remaining term of this parliament.
I have used my time outside of Parliament to reflect long and hard about the very many things that I care about Fiji and that has helped me to make this decision.
I have used the media and meetings and functions to talk about and promote the things that I care for and about in Fiji and that will continue outside of parliament.
I don't need a government job or a title or position to do that. Never have.
Selfless defence of the rule of law should be everyone's business if we are to progress as a nation to the benefits of citizenship like fair and just wage rates, great hospitals and schools that our neighbors in Australia and New Zealand enjoy as inherent human rights.
I will continue with that from outside of parliament up to the next general elections as I would like to see the defeat of the Fiji First government at the next poll.
In the meantime, I am using this short period of time to take some time out- return to legal practice, spend more time with family, friends and constituents as well as take care of my personal health.
I know the NFP through its leader, Hon Prof Biman Prasad— will continue the fight in Parliament for the issues that he and the party wish to promote, and I know that if you took your issues to him- you'll be ably represented in parliament.
I wish the party well as we all gear up towards the elections in 2018.