Ratu Wiliame appointed as Fiji’s President elect

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere in Labasa Town. Picture: FILE/ JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The Fijian Parliament has elected Ratu Wiliame Katonivere as the country’s next president.

As per Fiji’s constitution, the prime minister and leader of the opposition each submit a presidential candidate to the speaker of parliament, who then announces the nominees to MPs before parliament decides on the next president with a majority vote.

In the presidential election held in parliament this morning, Ratu Wiliame, nominated by the FijiFirst party, garnered 28 votes, while the opposition’s candidate, Ro Teimumu Kepa received 23 votes.

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau then declared Ratu Wiliame, the president elect of the Republic of Fiji in accordance with Section 84, Clause 3 of the 2013 Constitution, after having received the votes of more than half of the MPs present in Parliament.

 

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