Fiji’s new government sworn in at first sitting of parliament since 2006

Updated about 2 hours agoMon 6 Oct 2014, 2:18pm

Fiji’s new democratically elected government has been sworn in during the first parliamentary sitting since the military coup of 2006.

The 50 members of parliament pledged allegiance to the Republic of Fiji and took oaths promising to uphold Fiji’s constitution and defend the rights of its people,

Attorney-general and finance minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the live streaming of the ceremony and parliamentary proceedings set a new level of transparency and would keep MPs accountable.

The president of the ruling Fiji First party, Dr Jiko Luveni, was elected speaker.

She told the new parliament it was a great honour.

“This appointment marks an important event, being the first female speaker in the history of Fiji,” she said to applause.

“I hope this will go a long way to inspire all our young women to reach their full potential even perhaps by pursuing a political career.”

Fiji First, the party of prime minister Frank Bainimarama, holds 32 seats in the 50-seat chamber.

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SOLDELPA) leader Ro Teimumu Kepa was formally elected as opposition leader.

There were no other nominations.

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