Speaker of the House of Representatives of Fiji
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The Speaker was the presiding officer of the Fijian House of Representatives. At its first session following a general election, the House members elected a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker. With a view to ensuring impartiality, the Speaker was not allowed to be a member of the House, though he was required to qualify for membership. The Deputy Speaker, however, was elected from among members of the House.
The office of Speaker was an essential feature of the parliamentary system, and has proved to be the most durable of all the Westminster parliamentary traditions.
List of Speakers of the House of Representatives of Fiji (1972–2013)
|#||Speaker||Political Party||Term of office|
|1||R. D. Patel||National Federation Party||1972–1976|
|2||Sir Vijay R. Singh||Alliance Party||1976–1977|
|3||Mosese Qionibaravi||Alliance Party||1977–1982|
|4||Tomasi Vakatora||Alliance Party||1982–1987|
|5||Militoni Leweniqila||Alliance Party||1987|
|6||Dr. Apenisa Kurisaqila||Fijian Political Party||1992–2000|
|7||Ratu Epeli Nailatikau||Independent||2001–2006|
|8||Pita Nacuva||United Fiji Party||2006|