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Analysis: Powerful FijiFirst Lineup to Be Announced Wednesday

Analysis: Powerful FijiFirst Lineup to Be  Announced Wednesday
September 15
10:52 2018

Most of the Cabinet ministers and some new faces are expected to be named in a powerful lineup of provisional election candidates by FijiFirst on Wednesday.

Two ministers whose future hung in the balance for performance-related matters at one stage have bounced back.

They are Minister for Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy and Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala.

Other ministers who are likely to be on the list are: Rosy Akbar, Minister for Health and Medical Services; Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Fisheries; Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources; Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & Meteorological Services; Jone Usamate, Minister for Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations; Laisenia Tuitubou, Minister for Youth and Sports; Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Assistant Ministers Joeli Cawaki (Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management) and Vijay Nath (Agriculture) are also likely to be named.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed that the full list of 51 provisional candidates will be named on Wednesday. He gave no further details. Mr Bainimarama and his deputy Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will lead the FijiFirst team again.

A prominent doctor and a senior civil servant are understood to be among high profile personalities on the list too.

Those on the list have been called to a two-day meeting, starting on Monday, when they will be briefed and trained before the announcement on Wednesday.



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