Cabinet of Fiji

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The Cabinet of Fiji is the Fijian Government's body of Ministers. It is appointed by the Prime Minister of Fiji and responsible to the Parliament of Fiji. The Cabinet's constitutional basis is sections 90 to 96 of the 2013 Constitution of Fiji.[1]

Cabinet consists of the Prime Minister as chair and a number of Ministers.[2] With the exception of the Attorney-General, they must be members of Parliament. Ministers hold office at the pleasure of the Prime Minister, or until they resign or cease to be MPs.[3]

Cabinet is responsible to Parliament. Ministers must provide regular reports to Parliament on their areas of responsibility, and must appear before Parliament or any committee on request to answer questions about their areas of responsibility.[4]

Prior to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état and the 2009 Fijian constitutional crisis, Fiji's Cabinet was governed by the 1997 Constitution. An unusual feature of the constitution was to require a compulsory coalition cabinet, with every political party with more than 8 seats in the 71-member parliament required to be offered a proportionate number of cabinet posts. The model was not successfully implemented for nearly a decade, with the governments of both Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase refusing to offer Cabinet seats to their political opponents. It was only after the 2006 election that a full multi-party Cabinet was appointed. The multi-party model was not continued in the 2013 constitution.

Current cabinet[edit]

After the 2018 General elections:

Party key FijiFirst
Cabinet of Fiji: November 2018 – present
Portrait Portfolio Incumbent
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg Prime Minister
Minister for iTaukei Affairs
Minister for Sugar
Foreign Affairs
Frank Bainimarama
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum 2016.jpg Attorney-General
Minister for Justice,Economy, Civil Service, Communications and Public Enterprises
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
No image.svg Minister for Trade
Tourism
Local Government
Housing and Commercial Development
Premila Kumar
Inia Seruiratu March 2016.jpg Minister for National Security and Defence Inia Seruiratu
Semi Koroilavesau.jpg Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau
Mereseini Vuniwaqa 2018.jpg Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa
Parveen Bala May 2016.jpg Minister for Employment, Productivity
Industrial Relations
Youth and Sports
Parveen Bala
Rosy Sofia Akbar 2014.jpg Minister for Education and Heritage, Arts Rosy Akbar
Mahendra Reddy April 2015.jpg Minister of Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Mahendra Reddy
Ifereimi Waqainabete 2019.jpg Minister for Health and Medical Services Ifereimi Waqainabete
Jone Usamate 2016.jpg Minister for Infrastructure
Transport
Disaster Management and Meteorological services
Jone Usamate
Osea Naiqamu 2018.jpg Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu
No image.svg Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar
Assistant Ministers
No image.svg Assistant Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts Joseph Nand
Viam Pillay 2017.jpg Assistant Minister for Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Viam Pillay
Veena Bhatnagar June 2015.jpg Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
Deputy Speaker of the House
Veena Bhatnagar
No image.svg Assistant Minister for Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Jale Sigarara
No image.svg Assistant Minister for Health Alexander O’Connor
Vijay Nath 2016.jpg Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing & Community Development Vijay Nath
No image.svg Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity
Industrial Relations
Youth and Sports
Alvikh Maharaj
No image.svg Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan
Others
Epeli Nailatikau 2012.jpg Speaker of the House Epeli Nailatikau
Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka
Jioji Konrote 2017.jpg Former FijiFirst cabinet minister, now President of Fiji Jioje Konrote

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, chapter 4, part B.
  2. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 91.
  3. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 95.
  4. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 95.