Vice-President of Fiji

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Vice-President of the
Republic of Fiji
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Coat of arms of
the Republic of Fiji
Appointer Great Council of Chiefs (1990–2009)
President of Fiji (2009–13)
Formation 1990
First holder Josaia Tavaiqia
Inoke Takiveikata
Final holder Epeli Nailatikau
Abolished 6 September 2013
Succession Chief Justice of Fiji
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Fiji
Constitution

The position of the Vice-President of the Republic of Fiji was created in 1990, to provide a constitutional successor to the President of Fiji, in the event of the latter's death or resignation, or of his otherwise being unable to carry out his duties. The Vice-President's role in government was mostly ceremonial.

History of the office[edit]

Under the terms the 1990 Constitution of Fiji, the Vice-Presidential office was divided between two persons, styled First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, respectively, but a single person has held the office of Vice-President from 1999, when the 1997 Constitution of Fiji came into effect.

Under the terms of the 1997 Constitution, the Vice-President was appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs, after consultation with the Prime Minister.[1] In April 2009, however, the Constitution was suspended, following the earlier suspension of the Great Council of Chiefs in April 2007. Six days after the suspension of the Constitution, the government issued a decree stating that the Vice-President would henceforth be appointed by the President.[2] Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was appointed Vice-President the following day.[3]

Under the terms of the 2013 Constitution, the Vice-Presidential office was abolished, its duties and powers transferred to the Chief Justice.

Being appointees of the all-indigenous Great Council of Chiefs, Fiji's Vice-Presidents, like its Presidents, have all been indigenous Fijians (of chiefly rank). In 2007, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum, suggested that "the time may be right now to allow a person from any race to take up this position".[4]

Vice-Presidents[edit]

First Vice-Presidents[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term start Term end Political Party
1 No image.png Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
(1931–1997)
1990 2 June 1992 Independent
2 Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
2 June 1992 15 December 1993 Independent
Vacant (15 December 1993 – 12 January 1994)
(1) No image.png Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
(1931–1997)
12 January 1994 17 November 1997 Independent
3 No image.png Ratu Inoke Takiveikata 17 November 1997 18 January 1999 Independent

Second Vice-Presidents[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term start Term end Political Party
1 No image.png Ratu Inoke Takiveikata 1990 2 June 1992 Independent
2 No image.png Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
(1931–1997)
2 June 1992 12 January 1994 Independent
(1) No image.png Ratu Inoke Takiveikata 12 January 1994 17 November 1997 Independent
3 Josefa Iloilo.jpg Ratu Josefa Iloilo
(1920–2011)
17 November 1997 18 January 1999 Independent

Vice-Presidents (single office)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term start Term end Political Party
1 Josefa Iloilo.jpg Ratu Josefa Iloilo
(1920–2011)
18 January 1999 29 May 2000 Independent
Vacant (29 May 2000 – 25 March 2001)
2 No image.png Ratu Jope Seniloli
(1939–2015)
25 March 2001 29 November 2004 Independent
3 No image.png Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
(1957–)
15 December 2004 5 December 2006 Independent
Vacant (5 December 2006 – 17 April 2009)
4 Epeli Nailatikau 2014.jpg Brigadier-General (Rtd)
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
(1941–)
17 April 2009 30 July 2009 Independent
Vacant (30 July 2009 – 6 September 2013)
Post abolished (6 September 2013 – Present)

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