Ratu Epeli Nailatikau Re-Elected As Fiji President

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First served as President after appointment in 2009

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 13, 2012) – Fiji's interim president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has been appointed for another three years.

A swearing ceremony, attended by interim Prime Minister Frank Voreqe Bainimarama, was held at Government House in Suva yesterday.

Chief Justice Sir Anthony Gates administered the oath of allegiance and the oath for the Due Execution of the Office of the President.

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has had a long military career and became president in 2009, following the retirement of 88-year-old Ratu Epeli Iloilo.

Prior to this he had served as vice-president, though his initial nomination in 2007 was rejected by the Great Council of Chiefs.

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau's appointment was formalized in April 2009 following the abrogation of the constitution by the count's interim leaders, thus withdrawing the Council's mandate to appoint the president.

Speaking to the Fijivillage website, Commodore Bainimarama said the new system on the election and appointment of the president would come in the new constitution, due to be in place by the end of Ratu Epeli’s three year term.

Commodore Bainimarama added that "there is no better person" than Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to take Fiji to the elections promised for 2014 and beyond.

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