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Our First Adventist President Vows to Keep God First

Fiji’s first Seventh-day Adventist president, Jioji Konousi Konrote, has been sworn in at the Government House in Suva. Luke Narabe, president of the Adventist Church in Fiji, attended the inauguration
14 Nov 2015 14:49
Our First Adventist President Vows to Keep God First

Fiji’s first Seventh-day Adventist president, Jioji Konousi Konrote, has been sworn in at the Government House in Suva.
Luke Narabe, president of the Adventist Church in Fiji, attended the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, and offered an opening prayer as part of the formalities.
A multi-faith group of religious leaders also laid their hands on Mr Konrote and gave a prayer of blessing.
The national Parliament elected Mr Konrote to the role in mid-October. Mr Konrote, 67, also known as George, is a career soldier who rose through the ranks of Fiji’s armed forces to become the only Fijian appointed as a United Nations force commander.
He served as UN assistant secretary-general and force commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, confirming Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 1978.
He later became a diplomat and a politician and was baptised into the Seventh-day Adventist four years ago. He most recently held the twin roles of member of Parliament and government minister.
In the days leading up to the inauguration, Adventist Record spoke with Mr Konrote about his new role, which is notable not just because he is an Adventist but also because he is the first minority ethnic Rotuman to become head of state and the first president not to belong to a chiefly family.



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