Friday, April 17, 2009
Nailatikau is Fiji's new VP
As predicted yesterday, former Fiji military commander and minister in Fiji's interim government, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has this morning been appointed Vice-President of Fiji.
Ratu Epeli, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, was Minister for Indigenous Affairs in the existing interim government led by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Fijilive reports that his appointment, made a short while ago at a swearing-in ceremony at Government House, is under the eighth decree issued by President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo following the abrogation of Fiji's 1997 Constitution last week.
Appointments to the positions of President and Vice-President were traditionally made by Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs.
The website says the position of Vice-President became vacant after the military takeover of December 2006 and was previously held by Bau chief and lawyer Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.
Ratu Epeli was army commander from June 1982 until May 1987 when Sitiveni Rabuka staged the first coup as the 3rd highest ranking officer.
He was also Ambassador then High Commissioner to London and former Speaker of the Lower Hose from 2001 to March 2006.
He was rejected by the GCC as VP nominee in April 2007 following which the GCC was suspended and basically dissolved.
*There's no word on the other appointments Coupfourpointfive was told about yesterday.