Politics

Former Military Commanders now Occupy the Parliament

The top three seats in the Fijian parliament are now occupied by former commanders of Royal Fiji Military Forces.

Colonel Epeli Nailatikau was the commander of RFMF from 1982 to 1987. After military coup in 1987, Rabuka became the Commander for RFMF and remained as the commander till year 1992.


On 1 March 1999, Voreqe Bainimarama was promoted to the rank of Commodore and was named Commander of the Armed Forces, to replace Brigadier-General Ratu Epeli Ganilau, who resigned to pursue a political career. It was in his capacity as Commander of the Armed Forces that Bainimarama assumed command on 29 May 2000.

Now the three commanders sit in top seats in the Parliament. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau sits as the Speaker, Bainimarama as the Prime Minister and Sitiveni Rabuka as the Leader of Opposition.

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