WORLD Fijian parliament elects new president

WORLD

Fijian parliament elects new president

Xinhua

11:57, October 22, 2021

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SUVA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ratu Wiliame Katonivere became Fiji's new president after he received majority votes in Parliament on Friday.

He replaces Jioji Konrote who has held this position for two terms.

Katonivere was nominated by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya nominated Social Democratic Liberal Party member of Parliament Ro Teimumu Kepa for the President's post.

Katonivere received 28 votes while Kepa garnered 23 in the parliamentary vote.

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau conveyed Parliament's congratulations to Katonivere after his appointment.

Katonivere is the former president of the FijiFirst party. He will officially take up the President's post from next month.


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