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EDITORIAL: Double Celebrations Remind Us Of Our Past And Future

World leaders have sent their congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on the country’s 45th anniversary of its Independence from Britain. The best wishes share a  common message that
10 Oct 2015 09:31
EDITORIAL: Double Celebrations Remind Us Of Our Past And Future

World leaders have sent their congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on the country’s 45th anniversary of its Independence from Britain.

The best wishes share a  common message that they hold Fiji in high esteem.

Although we had a smooth transition from a colony to Independence in 1970, we endured a rocky road in post-Independence Fiji as we grappled with the grim realities of freedom and democracy.

We made mistakes and at times it seemed as if we had not learned from our previous experience.

Despite our differences, we managed to stay as a nation. True, we were sorely tested at times. The events of 1987 came and went, followed by 2000 and 2006.

But finally we have achieved the ultimate outcome we have been hoping for all these years. Critics will disagree. They are entitled to their opinions and it’s part of our democracy. They represent a minority who are set in their old ways and refuse to accept change in the new Fiji. But they advocate their narrow sectional interests and fail to see the bigger picture.

Fortunately, the majority are not on their side. Last year, this majority, silent for many years, spoke out and decided it was time to move Fiji forward and not be shackled by a dark past. They voted in the Bainimarama Government.

US President Barack Obama has commended Fiji for its continued work to strengthen its institutions and create an open, democratic, and prosperous society.

“We recognise Fiji’s tireless efforts to contribute to global security, highlight the challenges of climate change, and promote environmental protection of our oceans,” he said. Russia and France have also joined other countries in wishing Fiji well.

Fiji now has built an impressive network of global friends who have recognised our contribution to the world.

Today, it’s double celebrations. We’re not only celebrating our Independence, we are celebrating the first anniversary of our young true democracy.

 

Konrote an excellent choice for President

Jioji Konrote will be our new President to replace Ratu Epeli Nailatikau next month.

This will be formalised on Monday when Parliament votes.

He will be nominated by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Monday and  Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa will nominate Ratu Epeli Ganilau before the MPs vote

Voting will be an academic exercise. With Government’s overwhelming majority, Mr Konrote is set to be elected.

He is an excellent choice and will carry the baton from Ratu Epeli with distinction.

The outgoing Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations will be the first commoner and Rotuman to occupy Government House.

His distinguished military background also makes him an ideal choice just like Ratu Epeli.

He possesses similar qualities that made Ratu Epeli popular with the people. The former diplomat, military officer and career civil servant is a simple, down-to- earth person who has no problems getting along  with people.

His appointment is merit-based and upholds the integrity of the Presidential office.

Congratulations, Mr Konrote.

 

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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