The Business Committee in its meeting on Wednesday, 6 October 2021, unanimously agreed for Parliament to reassemble at 10 a.m. on Friday, 22 October 2021, to appoint the new President of the Republic of Fiji.
Pursuant to section 85 of the Fijian Constitution, the President holds office for 3 years, and is eligible for re-appointment for one further term of 3 years, but is not eligible for re-appointment after that.
The current President His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote was appointed by Parliament on 12 October 2015 and re-appointed on 31 August 2018. His Excellency is due to retire on 11 November 2021.
All Honourable Members of Parliament will be required to be physically present in the Parliament Chambers to ensure that the process of secret ballot is properly fulfilled – there will be no virtual hybrid sitting on that day.
As unanimously agreed to by the Business Committee, after the appointment process, the Parliament will immediately suspend for light refreshments. Parliament will then resume to dispatch with urgent business.