|Ratu Epeli Nailatikau presiding over Parliament yesterday|
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau finishes his term as head of state in November.
The election of a new President will take place on the 12th of next month but not before Nailatikau helps usher in new laws.
Some of these new laws include a Bill for a Code of Conduct for Public Office Holders, a Freedom of Information Bill, Community Based Corrections and Kava Bill.
Nailatikau presided for a last time at the opening of the new session of Parliament yesterday, where he continued to endorse the regime saying any moves against the constitution will not be tolerated.
He also said the RFMF must always support the police in bringing to justice anyone wanting to destroy democracy.
Here's a bit of history from our archives of how Ratu Epeli Nailatikau became President.
In 2009, Mahendra Chaudhry threw his support for Nailatikau to become Fiji's next President.
Nailatikau was the commander of the Royal Fiji Military Forces when Sitiveni Rabuka toppled the NFP/Labour Coalition government of Dr Timoci Bavadra in May 1987.
Nailatikau served as Deputy Prime Minister in Laisenia Qarase’s interim government after the May 2000 coup that was appointed by Bainimarama.
Chaudhry and Nailatikau were colleagues in Bainimarama’s interim Cabinet for 18 months.
In January 2011, there were reports that Aiyaz Sayehd Khaiyum had sent Nailatikau a letter saying his term will expire at the end of February the same year.
Nailatikau assumed the role of president after the illegal regime abrogated the Constitution in April 2009 and 'retired' the then 88 year old president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.
He was vice-president first, becoming acting president in April, before being sworn in seven months later as president in November 2011.
|Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau?|
Meanwhile questions are being raised about the title of 'Sir' been given to Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as seen in this official invitation.
Only the Queen can bestow knighthoods but it seems like someone in Fiji is taking the honour to do that themselves.