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PM Set For Historic Day

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is excited about and ready for today’s historic first sitting of Parliament in Suva. “Everyone is looking forward to the event, who are the
06 Oct 2014 10:12
PM Set For Historic Day
Many Fijians from the business sector, tourism industry, construction and other sectors have praised the Fijian Government’s 2020-2021 National Budget. Photo: Naisa Koroi

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is excited about and ready for today’s historic first sitting of Parliament in Suva.

“Everyone is looking forward to the event, who are the Fijians not looking forward to tomorrow (today)?” Mr Bainimarama asked yesterday.

He was in Parliament with other Government members in the final rehearsal.

The 50 Members of Parliament will be sworn in today by Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua.

The 32 Government members were shown their sitting arrangements and briefed on certain protocols and procedures they needed to follow during today’s proceedings.

They were also informed of the procedures involved in the appointment of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House.

The 18 Opposition members were orientated last week.

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said he was looking forward to today’s event and could not wait to serve.

“It’s going to be totally new because it has been a long time since we had a Parliament. So we have to rise up to the standards that are required by our Prime Minister and also our deputy Prime Minister and we need to keep up to that standard,” Mr Tuitubou said.

FijiFirst backbencher Viam Pillay said he was also prepared for the swearing-in ceremony.

“That’s basically it. I feel honoured and we are here because we have a responsibility. The people sent us here and we’ve got a responsibility on behalf of them,” Mr Pillay said.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General Namosimalua confirmed the Parliament was ready and in order for the swearing-in today.

“I am looking forward to tomorrow (today) because I will administer the oaths and it is quite an honor for me,” Mrs Namosimalua said.

The ceremony begins at 10am.

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