Speaker_of_the_House_of_Representatives_(Fiji)

Speaker of the House of Representatives (Fiji)

The Speaker is the presiding officer of the Fijian House of Representatives. At its first session following a general election, the House of Representatives elects a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker. With a view to ensuring impartiality, the Speaker is not allowed to be a member of the House, though he must qualify for membership. The Deputy Speaker, however, is elected from among members of the House.

The office of Speaker is an essential feature of the parliamentary system, and has proved to be the most durable of all the Westminster parliamentary traditions.

The following persons have held the office of Speaker:

Order Speaker Term of office
1. R.D. Patel 1972 - 1976
2. Sir Vijay R. Singh 1976 - 1977
3. Mosese Qionibaravi 1977 – 1982
4. Tomasi Vakatora 1982 - 1987
5. Militoni Leweniqila 1987
vacant 1987 - 1992
6. Dr Apenisa Kurisaqila 1992 - 2000
vacant 2000 - 2001
7. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau 2001- 2006
8. Pita Nacuva 2006-present

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