Fiji’s new President to be elected today

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All members of Fijian parliament will be present today to appoint the new president of Fiji.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will move Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s name on the floor of Parliament to be the next president of Fiji.

Tui Macuata has accepted Bainimarama’s nomination to assume the nation’s Presidency.

While the opposition leader Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu will move Ro Teimumu Kepa’s name on the floor of Parliament today to be the next president.

Ro Teimumu is a former leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party(SODELPA) and she was the first Fijian woman to serve as the leader of the opposition.

Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube is urging members of parliament to vote wisely for the next president of Fiji on behalf of the people.

“The FijiFirst Party has the freedom to nominate the new president and the opposition also has the freedom to nominate its candidate,” Narube said.

“I urge Parliament to vote wisely on behalf of the people of Fiji. Unity Fiji congratulates the new President of Fiji whoever that may be,” he said.

Pro-democracy advocate Pita Waqavonovono believes taxpayers should be paying for experienced, qualified and competent states people, not political appointments.

Waqavonovono in a statement on social media said as a taxpayer of this country, he is tired of funding all these political appointments.

“Can we just hire people that are neutral, independent and who have the qualifications to do the job we are paying them to do,” he said.

“In the FijiFirst post, they go further to say that they could not imagine any other worthy successor to our current President.

“Little did we know, their level of imagination was just circulating within their Party,” he said.

He said Fiji needs a figure that will unite the country and a statesperson, not a political appointee announced over their political parties page.

Parliament in an advisory said all members of parliament as agreed to during the Business Committee will be present today to appoint the new president of Fiji.

“Access to the Parliament Complex shall be limited only to members of parliament, authorised government officials, authorised caucus and parliament staff.

“Other authorised personnel will be allowed to the Parliament Complex. Everyone should strictly adhere to the coronavirus safe measures and protocols in place nationwide.

“All members of parliament will be present as agreed to during the Business Committee held on Wednesday, to appoint the new President of the Republic of Fiji.”

Parliament said the sitting will be aired live on the Parliament website, their Facebook page, Parliament Channel on the Walesi platform, FBC TV and Fiji One.

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS