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FIJI’S RATU FINAU WITHDRAWN FROM U.S. POST Oldest son of late Fiji president to be replaced

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 19, 2008) – Ratu Finau Mara is no longer taking up the post of Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today revealed that the decision to withdraw Ratu Finau’s appointment was reached after "exhaustive deliberation".

Ratu Finau, the eldest son of the late Fiji President and Fiji’s first Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was supposed to be posted to Washington mid-year.

No clear explanation has been offered by the State except that "pressing personal commitments here in Fiji cannot be resolved immediately to allow Ratu Finau to take up his appointment without delay".

Close family of Ratu Finau had also hinted a few months back that he would not be going to Washington although he was undergoing briefing for the job at the Foreign Affairs office in Suva.

Ratu Finau is also the next in line to take over the chiefly title of Tui Nayau and overlord of the eastern Fiji Islands, a title last held by his late father.

Meanwhile, the interim Government hopes to find a replacement for Ratu Finau soon.

It said there is an "urgent need to have a Fiji Ambassador in place in Washington to help explain the political developments here in Fiji".

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