Dr Jiko Luveni is Fiji’s first woman Speaker
07th October, 2014
In accordance with the standing orders of parliament, the newly elected Members of Fiji’s Parliament have elected Dr Jiko Luveni as the new Speaker of Parliament.
Her election created history for the island nation as Dr Luveni becomes the first woman to control the proceedings of Parliament since Independence in 1970.
Dr Luveni was nominated by Member of Parliament Semi Koroilavesauand his nomination was seconded by MP Joeli Cawaki.
Secretary general to Parliament Mrs Viniana Namosimalua declared Dr Luveni Speaker at the first sitting which has just concluded to resume tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Earlier, the new 50 MP’s took their oath of allegiance and were sworn in as new Members of the House.
FIJIFirst MP Ruveni Nadabe Nadalo was elected deputy Speaker after defeating SODELPA’s Viliame Tagivetaua. Nadalo polled 32 votes while Tagivetaua received 18.