Dr Luveni voted in as Speaker of the House
November 26, 2018 4:57 pm
Dr. Jiko Luveni has been re-elected as Speaker of the House for the next four years by members of parliament this morning.
Dr Luveni secured 27 votes and took her oath.
In her first address to the parliament, Dr. Luveni thanked the MP’s for the trust they placed in her to serve for a second term.
“To my family, my husband, you have been my pillar of strength and honest judge with the most difficult of times and I thank you most sincerely for your unwavering support over the years. I also thank the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and team parliament for their hard work and the achievement made in the last four years.”
Dr. Luveni is married with five children, graduated as a dentist from the Fiji School of Medicine and Sydney University.
She worked at a number of United Nations organisations and was Minister for Women.
Assistant Minister for Employment, Alvick Maharaj nominated Dr. Jiko Luveni and presented her credentials.
Opposition MP, Lynda Tabuya nominated Tanya Waqanika to take the chair of speaker of parliament.
24 members of parliament voted for Waqanika.
Veena Bhatnagar has been elected as the Deputy Speaker, while Sitiveni Rabuka is the new Leader of Opposition.