SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 9) – Former army commander and Great Council of Chiefs chairman Ratu Epeli Ganilau has accepted the portfolio of interim Fijian Affairs Minister.

Speaking from Taveuni a short while ago, Ratu Epeli confirmed he had been offered the post and had accepted.

He also confirmed that he did not apply for a job in the interim administration when applications were sought last month.

On his swearing in ceremony, Ratu Epeli said he would have to make arrangements to travel to Suva so it could take place.

Ratu Epeli was army commander from 1992 to 1999 and resigned to pursue a career in politics.

He led the National Alliance Party but was unsuccessful in the 2001 and 2006 polls.

Ratu Epeli is a son of the late President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau and is married to Adi Ateca, the eldest daughter of the late President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.


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