Former Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu is Fiji’s new Opposition leader


Former Fiji’s Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu is the new Opposition Leader.

A motion was moved in Parliament today to nominate a new leader of the opposition.

This comes after former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama resigned from the role.

Bainimarama was initially suspended for three years for making a verbal attack against President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere during a Parliament debate.

Seruiratu said he did not expect to be given a chance to speak after his appointment.

The former Minister for Defence and National Security was emotional when delivering a speech, and he said he will do his best to serve the people of this country.

“I’m indeed honoured and privileged for this opportunity. I’m here to serve all Fiji and of course as a government in waiting we are here to ensure that we work with the government and keep them in check as well. Hope that we will work according to the expectation of our people and bring prosperity and unity to the Fiji that we aspire to.”

He also acknowledged his party leader, general secretary, and members of parliament.

Meanwhile, Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he is thinking of sending Opposition Member of Parliament and climate champion, Inia Seruiratu to the next Conference of Parties (COP28).

While debating on the Review of the Office of the Prime Minister and Department of Immigration 2018–2019 Annual Report, Rabuka said he has rejected a recommendation for him to go to the COP28 meeting.

“We will be wasting all the data Seruiratu has as a champion for climate change if he is left out of the discussions on it.”

He said while he was on the other side of the Parliament as Opposition, he had the thought of a bipartisan approach to universal issues like climate change.