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Women empowerment continues to be evident in parliament

November 26, 2018 3:48 am

Re-elected Speaker of the House, Dr Jiko Luveni says women empowerment continues to be evident in this year’s parliament.

Dr Luveni says her re-appointment is a huge milestone as Members of Parliament have faith in women to hold decision making roles in the House.

“I feel very proud that I still have the trust and faith of members of parliament to elect me to serve another term as a speaker and as usual I will try to do the best that I can.”

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Prior to the outcome of the votes this morning, Dr Luveni says she had a feeling that she would retain her position.

“I guess so, I cannot deny that. But from the vibes hearing from members of parliament, I expected when the FijiFirst party wins, they could elect me again to be the speaker.”

Dr Luveni won majority with 27 votes while Tanya Waqanika had 24 votes.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Women Veena Bhatnagar has been appointed Deputy Speaker.

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