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Ratu Epeli Is Top Government Nominee For Speakers Role

Former Fijian president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is highly likely to be Government’s nominee as the next Speaker of Parliament.
01 Feb 2019 10:25
Ratu Epeli Is Top Government Nominee For Speakers Role
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

Former Fijian president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is highly likely to be Government’s nominee as the next Speaker of Parliament.

Suva lawyer Tanya Waqanika has been confirmed as the Opposition nominee. Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed yesterday that they had not chosen anybody else.

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was the President from 2009 to 2015.

He has had a long and distinguished career in the military, diplomatic service, and government.

From 2001 to 2006 he served as Speaker of the House. He was also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Appropriations Committee.

On January 8, 2007, he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade; he was moved to the post of Minister for Provincial Development and Multi- Ethnic Affairs in September 2008.

In October 2008, he became iTaukei Affairs Minister.

On April 17, 2009, Ratu Epeli was appointed President by the Government.

Tanya Waqanika

Mrs Waqanika is a lawyer by profession, having been in practice since 1997.

Previously she was Manager Legal and Board Secretary of Fiji Television Limited.

Prior to that she was Manager Legal at the Suva City Council. She has worked at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority, Attorney-General’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mrs Waqanika started as a Researcher/Legal Officer at the Prime Minister’s Policy Analysis Unit before moving on to the Attorney- General’s Chambers as a Legal Officer.

In 1998, she moved to the then Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Au- thorityastheirLegalOfficer;apost she held for two years.

From 2000 to 2006 she was the Solicitor/Manager Legal for the Suva City Council.

In 2007, she was appointed Manager Legal at Fiji Television Limited. She also held other roles as Head of Corporate Affairs and Group Company Board Secretary until 2014.

Ms Waqanika currently owns and operates her own law firm Ratu Epeli Is Top Government Nominee For Speakers Role– Waqanika Law.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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