Prime Minister of Fiji
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|Prime Minister of the|
Republic of Fiji
|Style||The Right Honourable|
|Seat||Government Buildings, Suva|
|Appointer||President of Fiji|
|Inaugural holder||Kamisese Mara|
|Formation||10 October 1970|
|Salary||FJ$ 328,750 annually|
List of prime ministers of Fiji (1970–present)[change | change source]
|No.||Prime Minister||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Party||Election||Head of State|
|Prime ministers of the Dominion of Fiji|
|10 October 1970||13 April 1987||16 years, 185 days||Alliance||1972|
|13 April 1987||14 May 1987||31 days||Labour||1987||Elizabeth II|
|Vacant (14 May 1987 – 5 December 1987)[a]|
|Prime ministers of the Republic of Fiji|
|5 December 1987||2 June 1992||4 years, 180 days||Independent||—||Penaia Ganilau|
|3||Major general (Rtd)|
|2 June 1992||19 May 1999||6 years, 351 days||SVT||1992|
|19 May 1999||27 May 2000||1 year, 8 days||Labour||1999||Kamisese Mara|
|27 May 2000||27 May 2000||0 days||Labour||—||Kamisese Mara|
|Vacant (27 May 2000 – 4 July 2000)[a]|
|4 July 2000||14 March 2001||253 days||Independent||—||Frank Bainimarama|
|14 March 2001||16 March 2001||2 days||Labour||—||Josefa Iloilo|
|16 March 2001||5 December 2006||5 years, 264 days||SDL||2001|
|5 December 2006||4 January 2007||30 days||Independent||—||Frank Bainimarama|
|5 January 2007||22 September 2014||7 years, 260 days||RFMF||—||Josefa Iloilo|
|22 September 2014||Incumbent||7 years, 72 days||FijiFirst||2014|
Notes[change | change source]
- Two military coups in 1987 and a civilian coup d'état in 2000 left Fiji without a Prime Minister each time.
- Mara's party, the Alliance Party, was dissolved in the wake of the 1987 coups, so he was effectively a non-partisan Prime Minister in his last term.
- Ratu Momoedonu was appointed Prime Minister on 27 May 2000, by the then-President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, in order to meet a constitutional technicality. He resigned only a few minutes later, as soon as the technicality had been attended to, in order to allow the President to assume full executive power.
- Qarase was not a member of a political party when he headed the interim government in 2000 and early 2001. Following his reinstatement on 16 March 2001 (after two days' absence from office), he founded the United Fiji Party to contest the general election that was to be held later that year.
- Senilagakali was installed as Interim Prime Minister as Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama took control of the Government. He was previously a highly esteemed medical doctor, the former President of the Fijian Medical Association, and was military doctor at the time of the coup d'état in 2006.
- The Bainimarama government was dismissed as illegal by Fiji's Court of Appeal on 10 April 2009, leading to the Prime Minister's immediate resignation. He was re-appointed the next day by President Josefa Iloilo, following the latter's abrogation of the Constitution.
References[change | change source]
- Government of Fiji Gazette (3 October 2014). "PARLIAMENTARY REMUNERATIONS DECREE 2014 (DECREE NO. 29 OF 2014)" (PDF). www.parliament.gov.fj.
- "Military now in charge in Fiji". Fiji Times. 5 December 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "Fiji's Bainimarama steps down as PM", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10 April 2009
- "Commodore Bainimarama sworn in as Prime Minister" Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Fiji government, 11 April 2009