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Konrote Praised By PM

Konrote Praised By PM
October 10
12:02 2015

Jioji Konrote will become the first Rotuman and non-iTaukei to become President.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday announced that the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations will be his nominee for President.

Mr Konrote will be elected on Monday because of Government’s overwhelming majority in Parliament. Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa will nominate Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

Mr Bainimarama said Mr Konrote was one of Fiji’s most outstanding and decorated military officers.

Mr Konrote joined the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 1966 and has had a long, dedicated and distinguished career serving Fiji as a military officer/Commander, an international peacekeeper and a senior civil servant and diplomat.

Mr Konrote has been the only Fijian to be appointed as the Force Commander of UNIFIL and UN Assistant Secretary-General.

In addition to his distinguished service in the military, he also served as the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and Immigration. He has served as the Fijian High Commissioner to Australia and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Singapore.

In 2006, he was elected as a

member of Parliament and served as a Minister of State for Immigration and Ex-Servicemen under the Laisenia Qarase’s SDL Government.

He has been awarded with numerous awards and decorations during his illustrious career.

Mr Bainimarama said: “With his more than 41 years of service to Fiji and the Fijian people, Major-General Konrote is a paragon of loyalty, courage and devotion to duty in his performance as a military commander, honesty and dedication as a senior civil servant and minister, and tact and perseverance as a diplomat.”

President Ratu Epeli will finish his term on  November 12.  Mr Konrote will assume office the following day.

Last night, Ratu Epeli hosted his last Fiji Day cocktail at Government House.

Mr  Konrote ceases to be become an MP  after his election. He declined to comment yesterday.

Matai Akauola is next on the party list to fill the vacant seat. The regional media development specialist at Oceania National Olympic Committees, said he had not been contacted.

Mr Akauola said if it was official, he would have to sit down with ONOC and discuss it first.



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