MPs reminded to serve all Fijians: President
November 12, 2019 12:52 pm
The 2019 - 2020 Parliament session has been opened by President, Major General Retired Jioji Konrote.
The 2019 – 2020 Parliament session has been opened by President, Major General Retired Jioji Konrote.
In his address this morning, Konrote highlighted the inclusive identity that has been embraced by Fijians young and old, six years from the implementation of the 2013 constitution.
“Nowhere was Fiji’s surging civic awareness displayed more passionately or more creatively than through the wonderful submissions we received during the hashtag our constitution challenge this past September. To every Fijian that took part, thank you for making the challenge such an enormous success by sharing what you love about our Fijian constitution. Thank you to six-year-old Shalvin Kumar who all while proudly thumping on his chest told us he loves our constitution because it has empowered him to unabashedly call himself a Fijian.”
Other than laying out the legislative agenda for the new term, the President also reminded Members of Parliament to serve all Fijians irrespective of what side of the house they’re on.
“You’re not here to guide your political fortunes or make theatre out of political discourse. You are each here to serve as guardians of every Fijian’s well-being. No matter which side of the chamber you sit, you must keep the following questions on your minds. Are you speaking in the national interest, or are you speaking in the interest of self or party?
Among key pieces of legislation to be tabled, the President notes that the Climate Change Act will be one of the main topics of discussion.
Opening of the new Parliament session by His Excellency the President
Posted by Parliament of the Republic of Fiji on Monday, November 11, 2019