Inoke Kubuabola

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Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (2014)

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (born 1948) is a Fijian politician and Cabinet Minister. He is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Kubuabola worked as an assistant manager for the New Zealand Insurance Company in Auckland and Suva. From 1975 to 1987 he was secretary of the South Pacific Bible Society.[1] A Fijian nationalist, he was involved in the planning of the 1987 Fijian coups d'état.[2] Following the coup he was appointed Minister for Information in the Military Government, and subsequently served as Minister for Information, Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunication.[1]

Kubuabola was elected to Parliament in the 1992 election as a candidate for the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) and reappointed to Cabinet as Minister for Youth, Employment Opportunities and Sports.[1] He was re-elected at the 1994 election and was appointed Minister for Regional Development and Multi Ethnic Affairs.[1] In 1996 he was appointed Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Transport.[1]

Following the defeat of the SVT government at the 1999 election and the subsequent resignation of its leader, the defeated Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Kubuabola became leader of the SVT and Leader of the Opposition. Under the 1997 Constitution of Fiji the Leader of the Opposition chose 8 of the 32 members of the Senate, and Kubuabola sparked controversy in the role by limiting his selection to members of opposition parties.

Following the Fiji coup of 2000 Kubuabola was appointed Minister for Information and Communications in the interim Cabinet formed by Laisenia Qarase.[3] He held this office till September 2001, when he lost his seat in the 2001 election. That year he also resigned the Chairmanship of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council, which he had led for served years, to Sitiveni Rabuka.

Diplomat[edit]

Kubuabola served as Fiji's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 2002 to 2005. In late 2005, he attempted to handle the problem of Fijian security guards, whom some accused of being mercenaries, operating illegally on the island of Bougainville.

On 4 May 2006 Kubuabola was posted to Tokyo as Fiji's Ambassador to Japan and Korea, replacing Ratu Tevita Momoedonu. He remained in this position until July 2009 when he was named Minister for Foreign Affairs by the Interim Government.[4]

Kubuabola ran as a candidate for FijiFirst in the 2014 election, and was elected with 5,414 votes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Speaker profile: Ratu-Inoke Kubuabola". Astana Economic Forum. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  2. ^ Lal, Brij (2010). In the Eye of the Storm: Jai Ram Reddy and the Politics of Postcolonial Fiji. Canberra: ANU ePress. p. 365. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Fiji president reappoints Qarase as PM". New Zealand Herald. 2000-07-28. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  4. ^ Burese, Ioane (6 January 2011). "Australian scholarships increase". Fiji Times Online. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "2014 Election Results". Fiji Elections Office. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
Preceded by
Ratu Tevita Vakalalabure
Chairman of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council
1991-2001
Succeeded by
Sitiveni Rabuka
Preceded by
Jai Ram Reddy
Leader of the Opposition
1999-2000
Succeeded by
Mahendra Chaudary
Preceded by
Frank Bainimarama
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2009-present
Succeeded by
(incumbent)
Preceded by
Sekove Naqiolevu
High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
2002-2005
Succeeded by
Ratu Isoa Tikoca
Preceded by
Ratu Tevita Momoedonu
Ambassador to Japan and South Korea
2006-2009
Succeeded by